About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Heals The Officials Son (ch. 4:43-54)
verse 43 John tells us that after two
verse 43 Jesus points out that a prophet has no honour in his own
just a sad fact of life.
People tend to see and view you as you once were, or as one they
grew up with.
They have a hard time seeing who you presently are, namely a
Christian with a ministry from God.
They may see the old you and not the new you even though the new
you is quite obvious.
The people here in
should understand Jesus' words here to mean that one is without honour
in his home town is simply a fact of life.
He is certainly not condoning this mentality.
In fact, I believe He was saying this was not the mentality to
verse 45 we learn that not all Galileans dishonoured ensues.
Many, who were
verse 46 we learn that the next place where John tells us that Jesus
visited was Cana in
verse 47 John tells us that there was a certain royal official whose son
was sick back in Capernaum
where he lived.
He wanted Jesus to heal his son because he had heard of the
healings that Jesus had performed.
an official, this man would have been a Roman, a Gentile.
It's interesting now that Jesus left the Jews in Judea, went to
the word "beg" in the NIV.
The Greek word here does not imply a beggar begging.
It implies one in authority asking a favour of another in
The Greek text does not imply that this man approach Jesus from
the standpoint of a poor beggar as the word "beg" might imply.
verse 18 Jesus responds to the man by saying that people will only
believe if they see a miracle.
In one sense of the word, this was in fact why Jesus performed
They were signs to bring them to belief in Him, yet, now Jesus
seems to be saying that unless He does a miracle the people wonít
We know that Jesus would not perform miracles to prove who He
The Pharisees tempted Him to do that and He refused.
In this case Jesus must have seen something in this manís heart
because He did heal the manís son.
might be conjecture on my part but I would not be surprised, at least at
this moment in time, Jesus might have wished that people would believe
in Him for whom He is and not for the miracles He performed.
When it comes right down to it, that's the bottom line when it
comes to having real faith.
We believe, or trust, Jesus, not for what He has done but for who
He is. Later on John will tell us that Jesus told the disciples that
they believed because they had seen Him after His resurrection.
Jesus then said that blessed are those who have not seen yet
still believe. See
verse 49 the officer avoided Jesus' response to him and just asked Jesus
again to come with him and heal his son.
In verse 50 Jesus simply responded by saying, "go home, your
son is healed."
Again, Jesus works in accordance with God's will.
It was not yet time for Jesus to head any farther north to this
50 tells us that the man took Jesus at His word.
He simply believed, or, trusted, what Jesus said was true.
He believed his son was healed.
Again, we should understand that this officer had not approached
Jesus from the standpoint of a beggar.
He approached Jesus from the stand point of one in authority with
another in authority.
Therefore, with this understanding, it was only natural that this
man would understand and believe that Jesus was speaking the truth about
his son's healing.
verses 51 and 52 we note that on the official's way home he was met by
some of his servants who told him that the fever left his son and that
he was better.
Out of curiosity the man asked the servants when his son got
They told him that the fever left at the seventh hour.
That was the time when Jesus told him that the miracle was done.
verse 53 we see that the result of this healing was that the man's whole
household became believers.
The man believed Jesus when He told him that his son would be
His belief took another step when the servants told him the time
in which his son got better.
This tells us that the manís faith grew, like yours and mine. Then
beyond that, that whole family believed, and that would include the
Some call this "household salvation."
It was the culture of the day for family's to follow the father.
It would have been only natural for all this man's family to
That being said, the miracle sure helped their belief in Jesus.
we first come to Jesus we donít
54 simply tells us that this was