43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honour in his own home town.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.
46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
This story is the second sign in a series that leads us to understand who Jesus is. The official who believes at the end of the story models for us the process from unbelief to belief. The official starts with a desperate situation, his son is ill. Being a father I know how desperate a father might become because of his son being ill. Of course my son is as mischievous or disobedient as many other sons, but I love him in a way that I couldn’t have foreseen before he came to be in our house. The official is driven to consider any options for how his son is to be healed and he comes to Jesus. Jesus graciously works in the life of the family and his whole household sees the effects.
In our times of desperation we come to Jesus because there is no-one else. If we are sensitive to his leading, we see that he answers us. He may say, “No”. He may say, “Wait.” He knows what is best. The fact that he is present with us in our anguish is proof of who he is. So who would you say acts in a family’s life the way Jesus acted in the life of the local leader?
I wish you would act in my life in ways that would create pure joy and belief without doubt. I want you to work in my life to show me signs of who you are. I do accept that you have worked in the life of others, especially in this story, to show a sign of who you are. I accept you are God and that you are Lord and I follow you.
- What problem is presented to Jesus?
- How does he react?
- What must we believe in response to this story?
- How has Jesus acted or seemingly failed to act in your family?
- What does Jesus’ action in your family point to?