Introduction

“And truly Jesus did many other signs
  in the presence of His disciples, which
  are not written in this book;  but these
  are written that you may believe that
  Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and
  that believing you may have life
  in His name.”- John (Jn 20:30-31)

John tells us that there are many miracles performed by Jesus which were not recorded in the gospel. But He had specially chosen 7 for us to read. He did that so that we can believe that Jesus is indeed the Christ and we can have life through his name.

So far we have taken a look at his first miracle

1. Jesus turning water into wine (Part 1 , Part 2)

now lets continue and take a look at the second miracle recorded by John

Jesus Healing The Nobleman’s Son

Jn 4:46-54. We had all read that the first miracle perform by Jesus was in Cana, but this time, he pass by Cana in Galilee once again.

In this miracle, he cured the son of a nobleman, the boy was gravely ill in the city of Capernaum. I have managed to find a map that could give everyone an idea how far apart they are.

The distance is about 33 KM and this map featured the areas around the sea of Galilee. The town of Nazareth (Jesus’s hometown) is in the left hand bottom and Cana is slightly north of there beyond Sepphoris. Capernaum is found near the sea of Galilee

It takes around 8 hours to walk that distance on foot from Capernaum to Cana. But when Jesus told the nobleman that his sons lives, Jesus did not need to travel that distance to heal his son.

As the result, the noble man believed in Jesus, and his entire household believed as well.

The Chinese had a saying that goes 远水救不了近火 translated “A Faraway spring cannot put out a nearby fire”. Man devises such saying because they knew that they are unable to work around the limitation of time and space. The power to transcend time and space belongs exclusively to God.

This miracles testify that Jesus is indeed God who came in the form of flesh, he is the messiah, the anointed saviour sent by God to save  us. From this miracle, we can see the grow in the faith of the nobleman. That is a quality that Christian should strive after as well.  Let us look at the lessons that he had learnt

Lesson 1 : He Learnt To Stop Relying On Himself And To Rely on Jesus 

We know that the nobleman is one with power , authority and riches. He would have many man under his command and servants that obey him. It will not be surprising if he had used his power and riches to deal with the problems he encountered in life.

But today we see him helpless trying to save his dying son. I am sure he must have used all his wealth to get the best doctor one could get for him, but it seems that it cannot solve his problem.

I believe that is is then when he realise that his wealth and authority is limited, even though he can provide the best environment for his son to grow up in, but he unable to provide life to his son. If the boy were to pass away, everything that the noble man prepared would have been in vain.

Only God has the power to grant life to a person, and Jesus could do this because he is God who came in the form of flesh. Just as he once said

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears
  My word and believes in Him who sent Me
  has everlasting life, and shall not come into
  judgment, but has passed from death into life.” – Jesus(Jn 5:25)

Jesus told us that those who believe in him will have eternal life, he will pass from death to life and his soul could enter into everlasting life in heaven. We know that it is appointed for man to die once and after that to face judgement.

We may be healthy now but we all know that one day we will pass away, therefore we need to understand that we need eternal life. Only Jesus can give us this eternal life he had said it to us plainly and he had used his power to testify of it. 

We learn of how Jesus demonstrated his power to create, how he turn water into wine. That is an ability that belongs to God, the nobleman must have heard of the miracles he  performed  in Cana. When he heard that Jesus is going to Cana again, he seize the opportunity to ask Jesus to heal his son.

He learn to put aside his wealth , power and status to come before Jesus. He humbly admit to his limitation and asked Jesus to heal his son. The result of his action is great, he brought healing to his son and he also witness how Jesus transcended between time and space.

That is why he choose to believe , to stop relying on himself and to begin trusting Jesus . Are we able to learn from this nobleman and to admit our limitation? We need to learn from him to seize the opportunity to rely in Jesus.

Lesson 2 : He Learnt To Approach Jesus In Person  

The nobleman turn from sending his servant to find Jesus on his behalf to  coming to Jesus personally. For we read of how he came from Capernaum to Cana just to meet Jesus.

We know that a man of his status can easily send his workers to look for Jesus, I believe that he must have done that for many of the doctors that he invited to his house. But he knew that Jesus is no ordinary man, for he had an authority that no other doctors had. For Jesus had the power to cast out demons as well as to heal the sick.

He is able to recognise that Jesus is God coming in the form of flesh, since he believe that Jesus had all the power and authority, he chose to come down to Cana personally to plead with Jesus to help him.

A  person with true faith is  someone that can make supplication and request by themselves. He will never rely on the help of others to bring your supplications before God. Indeed there are some instances where it is inconvenient for us to come before God, but most of the time the problem lies with us not having the faith to come before Jesus.

Lets take a look at an example 

An Example from Mark Chapter 9

Mk 99:17-19, 23-24

Man : “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 
               And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he 
               foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes
               rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should 
               cast it out, but they could not.”

Jesus : “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you?
                How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”
               “If you can believe, all things are possible to him 
                who believes.”

Man : “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Here we read of a father who had a demon possessed son. He brought the son to the disciples, but yet there was no miracles. So in the end they brought him before Jesus.

Jesus called our generation a faithless generation and indeed it is true. For our generation claims that they have no religion but yet they are full of superstitions, they choose not to ask God for help yet they wish for miracles.  They choose not to fear God but yet are afraid of ghost and spirits. They choose not to believe in God but yet they blame God for every calamity that befall them.

The same thing goes for this man with a demon process son. He did not believe in Jesus yet he wanted to bring his son before the disciples. He did not ask for a miracle, he merely hoped that it happens. He came with a heart of unbelief and he just wanted to test Jesus. He wants to know if Jesus could heal his son or not. His action is not a display of faith, but a test , he would only believe when he see his son healed. He wanted to test water before diving in.

In the eyes of man that is reasonable, but in the eyes of God that is unacceptable.

Assuming today we meet a martial arts master and we think that he had the skill. Will you now send him to defeat your champion before believing that he is a master? Now if we were to think from another perspective, if you are an expert in your field, will you accept a challenge just to prove your own skills.

A true master will not need to prove his skill before anyone, and if this applies to man, the same principle should apply to God.

That is why when the main claim that “Your disciples cannot heal him” Jesus was quick to point out that the problem lies with him and not his disciples. For the disciples are just humans, but the only difference was that they choose to believe in Jesus

That is why Jesus conclude by saying “All things are possible for those who believe”

Faith is one that does not doubt, and the man realise his mistake and he understood what Jesus was telling him. He responded by saying “Lord I believe, help my unbelief“. Jesus being full of mercy, helped him, he cured his son and the evil spirit left the child.

True faith is not about getting others to plead to God on your behalf, for we must plead with God personally.

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