John Lesson 6 Day 5 Day 6 ~ Study of John 4:43-54
10- Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
John 2:23-25 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. NLT
…this happened right after Jesus had read the Scriptures that proclaimed Him to be the Messiah in the synagogue in Nazareth. They tried to kill Him by throwing Him off a steep cliff, but He miraculously walked through the midst of them….(Andrew Wommack)
The official was a “king’s courtier”. His “son was sick with a chronic ailment.” (Wuest)
“Some people have reasoned that this was Chuza, Herod’s steward since he is mentioned in Luke 8:3, but there is no way to prove or disprove that.” (Andrew Wommack)
He must have heard reports about the miracles Jesus performed in Jerusalem. This official begged and pleaded with Jesus to come and heal his son. This was an act of faith (James 2:20) and desperation. However, Jesus knew that the man would not truly believe in Him unless he saw a miracle with his own eyes. When Jesus brought this unbelief to his attention, the man pleaded with Him again. Then Jesus pronounced the boy healed. The man again acted in faith by going home alone to see. His son was healed at the very hour Jesus sent His word.
11- Tell God what you need.
This verse comes to mind:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
- We act on our faith by telling Jesus what we need.
- Jesus sees my heart and helps my unbelief.
- Jesus is willing and able to answer my requests.
I desperately need to hold this verse in my heart. I’ve spent many hours this week fighting anxiety. One of my sons and a friend left to hike the 1850 mile Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. I was doing okay until the airline lost his backpack holding everything but his phone and the clothes on his back.
UPDATE: His backpack arrived intact after five days! Thank You, Jesus! They are off on the hike. Praying for safety, now.
12- The official’s faith
This official wasn’t a Jew. He was a Roman aristocrat. Yet he set aside his ego, prejudice, and pride to approach Jesus for help.
Jesus sees the hearts of unbelievers. He knows who will humble themselves in the face of an insurmountable crisis.
Day 6 Review of John 4:31-54
13- Lesson 6 Review
- Jesus had a divine appointment. He chose to go to Samaria.
- The Samaritan woman wasn’t trying to change the subject when she asked Jesus about the proper place to worship. (I heard someone teach that’s why she asked that question.) I now believe that question revealed her burning desire for a relationship with God.
- Jesus helped the nobleman overcome his unbelief.
Heavenly Father, I believe. Jesus, help my unbelief. Amen
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