If you heard Jesus was passing through your town and you scrambled out the door, what would you say when you finally caught up to Him?
This was the opportunity the government official had in John 4. His son was deathly sick, and there was no cure in sight. Doctors couldn’t help, his family was consumed with sadness, and he was desperate to keep his son alive. So, when Jesus passed back through town, he knew this was his one shot left.
He raced to the town nearby, and the very second he saw Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house. You can just imagine the tears streaming down his face and hear the despair ringing throughout his words—“Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” Jesus, you are my only hope.
We see Jesus gave the word, and this government official believed what He said and turned back home without Him. Spoiler: The boy’s fever miraculously disappeared the very same time Jesus spoke, “Your son will live.”
When something is heavy on our hearts and we’re scrambling for help, what we sometimes fail to realize is Jesus still responds to us today—by His Word, Scripture, the Bible. Throughout the Old and New Testament, His people can claim His promises over their lives—and it carries just as much power.
We really can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. He will give us rest. He gives power to the powerless and supplies all of our needs from His glorious riches. Despite all things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us, and Jesus left us with a gift of peace of mind and heart. In the good and bad, He will never leave us, and greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. He will defend us, save us, work good for us, and forgive us.
Will we take Him at His Word? Will we believe like the government official and return to our lives armed with His promises? Truly, He is our only hope, and when we turn to Him in our desperation, we can trust God will respond.
- When we pray, we’re talking to a God who is very much alive—just as alive as He was when He walked this earth. Would your prayers look any different if Jesus was standing before you in flesh today? If so, how can you change your perspective and remember that He is with you, talking and conversing with you, in a very real sense?
- Through this government official’s story and faith, his entire household also believed in Jesus. Who in your sphere of influence needs to hear about your faith today? May this be our prayer: “Jesus, my relationship with you is personal, but it was never made to be private. Give me the boldness and courage to share about you with people who desperately need your salvation.”
43 At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee. 44 He himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. 45 Yet the Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything he did there.
46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.
48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”
50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.
51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.54 This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did in Galilee after coming from Judea.