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Saving Faith


John 4:46-54

Here in this passage we are told that Jesus “came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine.”

But for just a minute, how do you think people would respond if He came here to Brady?

And you may be thinking, “That is a dumb question!” Is it? Because just like Jesus “came again to Cana” He will come back again, and 1 Thess. 5 says that He will “come like a thief in the night”; no one knows when He will come.

So, in John 4:46 Jesus “comes again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water to wine.”

And in vs. 47 when this official heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Jesus, and was requesting Jesus to come down (to Capernaum: Cana was in the hill country; Capernaum was by the sea) and heal his son; for his son was at the point of death.

In vs. 45 John says that the Galileans received Jesus, “having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast.” They received Jesus because of the miracles He had performed!

 And that is what motivates a lot of people today to come to Christ: desperation; and it is often the only thing that will cause them to seek Christ.

But today desperation often causes people to seek after Christ: they are in a desperate situation because of their health; because of their finances (we often see this with benevolence); desperate because of their marriage; because of their family; or because a loved one is near death.

But, if desperation is what causes them to seek after Christ, that is good; it may be that sometimes God allows people to go through desperate situations to get them to seek after Christ.

So, they come to Christ. But, what do they do when their desperate situation improves and they are no longer desperate? Have they only come to Christ because they too see Him as nothing more than a “miracle worker?”

And what do they do if Jesus doesn’t do what they want Him to do: the “son dies” anyway; their health only gets worse; their financial situation doesn’t get any better; their marriage doesn’t improve and falls apart; their family troubles persist?

You see, this story isn’t about Jesus performing miracles. This story is about faith and the difference between a superficial, shallow, conditional faith that sees Jesus as nothing more than a miracle worker;  and a real, unconditional, saving faith; a faith that sees Him as the Son of God and  is steadfast no matter what happens.

So this royal official desperately comes to Jesus and asks Jesus to heal his son. Now look at vs. 48: Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”

Do you remember what John said in chapter 20:30-31:

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Jesus did not come to be a miracle worker. Jesus came to “save that which is lost” and He used His miraculous powers to confirm who He was and to confirm His message and He did so, so that people might believe in Him and obtain eternal life.

 Let me ask you this: If Jesus actually performed miracles for people today, if He made the lame walk, the blind to see, removed the diseases, and raised the dead, would people be faithful to Him?

Does Jesus still work miracles today?

People may reject these kinds of things as miracles but, I Thess. 4:16-18 tells us that there is one great miracle that will take place and everyone will see it.

1 Thess 4:16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

I do not believe that men have the ability to perform miracles. That time has come to an end; Acts 8:14-18; 1 Cor. 13:8.

So, Jesus says to this royal official, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”  “Are you only wanting a miracle like everyone else?”

 Vs. 49:  The royal official said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.”

Now, look at the second half of the verse: The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he started off.

51 And as he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. 52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed, and his whole household.

“So that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

 Are you or I only looking for a miracle worker? Or are we looking for eternal life?