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Daily Bread - March 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 20 March 2017 09:09
John 4:48 - Then Jesus said to him, If you do not see signs and wonders,
surely you will not believe.

The Seven Miracles of Jesus Described in the Gospel of John (continued)

The Second Miracle: The Nobleman's Son Cured (John 4:43-54)

Jesus was rejected in His own hometown, but it is said that the Galilaeans
received Him (John 4:45). In the place where there is no honor for the man
of God miracles cannot take place. Matthew says that those of His own
hometown were offended by him (Matthew 13:57). There are many today who are
offended by the belief that Jesus still does miracles through His servants.
As a result, just as Jesus was dishonored then, they show the same dishonor
to His servants now (Matthew 10:25). Whatever anyone does to those who come
in the name of Jesus, they do it to Him (Matthew 10:40; John 13:20). So in
the same way, those who have this disposition today will be deprived of the
divine provision they otherwise could have had. If men truly honor Jesus
and His word, then they are going to show the same honor to those who come
in His Name teaching His word and doing His works. There are many who
prevent the miracles of Jesus from entering into their lives because of
their attitudes towards the servants of God. Just as a little rudder turns
a great ship, their tongue sets the course of their lives. As fire burns
and devours, so the utterance of their tongue consumes the blessings of the
Lord (James 3:4-6).

Anywhere that the miracle working Jesus was honored and received, faith was
at work. Such was the case among the Galilaeans and specifically in Cana.
There was a nobleman who lived more than a day's journey from there who had
heard that Jesus was in Cana, so he set out to lay hold on the miracle his
son needed. His faith in the Healer was set into motion, so that he might
lay hold on that which he needed for his dying son. When he had finally
arrived in Cana, he asked Jesus to return with him to Capernaum to heal his
son, who was at the point of death. In this context, Jesus revealed one of
the chief doctrines of His ministry -the need for signs and wonders. Signs
and wonders were the primary feature of the ministry of Jesus and his
disciples. The purpose for them was plainly stated by Him: "without signs
and wonders you will not believe" (John 4:48). Surely, it was the joy and
delight of the heart of Christ Jesus to bring healing and deliverance to
all who would receive.

Jesus was unwilling to comply fully with the request of the nobleman, and
instead, had a greater plan -to reveal the power of His spoken word. The
nobleman wanted Him to accompany him to his house, but Jesus showed that
all anyone needed was His word. The noblemen believed the word that Jesus
had spoken and discovered later at that very moment his son was healed.
Jesus demonstrated that the power of faith was not limited by distance, but
was carried on the authority of faith to wherever it was needed.

The nobleman did not come "seeking the will of God"; he already understood
it. The Healer was there, and he came with an urgent demand. He was
persuaded that Jesus had the power to heal his son and had no question
regarding His willingness. He was insistent with Jesus as any desperate
father would be. His insistence was emphasized by the double reference to
his demand for Jesus to come down, or his child would die. Jesus met his
request without hesitation and bid him to return home, telling him that his
son would live. The faith of the nobleman was demonstrated by his
obedience. There was no further need for him to be convinced. His faith in
the word of the Lord was observed by his willingness to end the
conversation and return on the long journey home. He believed the word
Jesus had spoken and immediately departed (vs 50). He had not seen, but he
believed (John 20:29).

The power of the signs and wonders which help men believe was underscored
by the response of the nobleman's entire family who were established in the
faith as a result of the miracle (vs 53). God ordained that His message of
salvation be preached with signs and wonders. To believe that Jesus was
issuing a rebuke when He said, "unless you see signs and wonders you will
not believe," is a mistake. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and
power to do these works. Jesus also equipped and sent all those who would
go on His behalf as His witnesses and ambassadors with the ability to do
the same signs and wonders (Matthew 10:1; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19; John
14:12). When the disciples of John came asking Jesus if He were the Christ,
He answered their question with the signs and wonders He did (Luke 7:22).
Jesus lived in the miraculous, and every part of His ministry relied upon
the heavenly being revealed through His life. Beginning with Nathaniel,
Jesus opened his heart to believe with the word of knowledge (John
1:43-51). Throughout all of Jesus' ministry, Father was being revealed by
the works He did (John 14:10-11).

We must never lose sight of that which is far better than signs and wonders
and every display of the supernatural. There is something better than all
the good things that God in His love would do for us. If we combine all
that we can think or ask, still nothing can compare to this fellowship we
now have with God in Christ Jesus. There is nothing so great as the beauty
and the splendor of His manifest presence. There is nothing that compares
to the love He has for us, and the blessed privilege we have of interacting
with Him. Knowing Him and walking with Him, because of Who He is, far
surpasses all other things.
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