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John 4:46-53

So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judæa into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

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I’ve heard several people say that they’ll believe in God when they see Him. Or, if he does some kind of miracle in front of them.

don't want to hear itMay I suggest that, if you don’t want to believe God based on the scripture alone, then a miracle won’t make you believe. Even if you were to meet Him face to face, you still wouldn’t believe. Many of these people in Galilee, were face-to-face with Jesus. God incarnate, and they chose not to believe.

Thankfully there was one man that could care less what the rest of the people were thinking. The cares of this world seemed irrelevant because something of much more value had a grip on his heart. The life of his little child.

Most of them weren’t looking for God, they were looking for signs and wonders. But when this nobleman from Capernaum heard that Jesus was making his way to Galilee, he travelled around 30 kms to go and find Him. Who could blame him? His little child was dying, and he wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass by. He came to Jesus because he heard of the miracles that Jesus had done, and he believed what he had heard, and he knew that if he could just find Jesus, that He could heal his son.

The others might not be willing to believe unless they see the proof for themselves. But this man wasn’t looking for physical proof to believe, he already believed that Jesus was capable. Now, he just wanted Him to heal his child.

Most people aren’t willing to believe God. They weren’t willing back then, and they aren’t willing today. Sometimes they are more than willing to believe an infomercial or a snake oil salesman, and that’s because people would rather believe a lie than believe God.

The Bible says that God is not a man that he should lie.(Num 23:19) And that without faith it’s impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Hebrews 11:6)

The man from Capernaum wasn’t concerned with what the people around him were thinking. He was focused so intently on what Jesus could offer that he was thinking on a completely different level than most of the people that were there. Because, while the others were looking for signs and wonders to fulfil their own lusts, he was looking for Jesus to save someone that he loved dearly. So his motivation wasn’t only for himself. He was willing to come to Jesus and ask Him to travel with him to his hometown which was the equivalent of a day’s journey by foot.

He anticipated that Jesus would go back with him to perform this miracle, but Jesus didn’t go with him. The nobleman on the other hand didn’t continue to plead with him to come, he simply chose to believe what Jesus said.

Think of the faith that it would take to leave the man that you believe had the power to save your child. Knowing that your child is at the brink of death, and if Jesus isn’t being honest, you probably won’t ever see your child alive again. Would you plead with Him until he came with you, or, do you believe that He can do all things. Would you simply believe him at his word?

sephrum and toga{The riveting story of the diphtheria outbreak in Nome Alaska back in 1925 is a true testament to what a person is capable of doing when they are pushed beyond their limit. During the outbreak, they had to run the serum to Nome, It was known as the “Great Race of Mercy”, 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs relayed diphtheria antitoxin over one thousand kilometres by dog sled teams across Alaska. They did this in five and a half days, saving the city of Nome and the surrounding communities from an epidemic.

Both the mushers and their dogs were portrayed as heroes. The first musher was a man by the name of “Wild Bill nome1Shannon. He developed hypothermia while traveling with his sled dog team, and when he reached his destination at around three in the morning with half of his face, black from frostbite. Another musher by the name of Edgar Kallands arrived at his destination after dealing with -49 degree Celsius weather (not including the wind chill). He arrived at his destination around 4 in the afternoon and the owner of the roadhouse at Manley Springs had to pour hot water on his hands in order to get them off of the sleds handlebar. People have the ability to endure severely when they are put in a position to do so. They will push beyond their normal threshold in order to accomplish a critical task.}

Well the nobleman’s task was to get help for his young child. He wasn’t going to stop at anything in order to reach Jesus and bring him back home. Yet in the text, we find that the following day, the father wasn’t even home yet. I know he wasn’t home because we read that his servants met him as he was now going down. And if on the previous day, he had still been concerned about his dying child he would have moved heaven and earth in order to get back to him.  Fortunately, the creator of heaven and earth, Jesus, was moved with compassion to heal this man’s child. And even though Jesus didn’t physically go with him, he chose to believe what Jesus said.

I could imagine that he probably had a great sense of relief mixed with anticipation come over him, and as he eventually makes his way back home, he is greeted by his servants that tell him the wonderful news. Can you imagine the joy that was in that home on that day? His child was about to die, he feared that he would never get to spend another day with him. That place in his heart that was once filled, now feels empty. Then all of the sudden, it’s like time was turned back, and he was given a new day and a new life. This would have been such a stupendous event in that household because everyone that was there, including his family and servants, saw the irreversible condition of the little boy. They knew that there wasn’t much time left.

But they also knew what this man’s intentions were. They knew, that he wanted to go and fetch Jesus. While he was gone, all of the sudden at 1 in the afternoon, the child was better. It was a miraculous event that had happened before their eyes. And yet, they didn’t even know that the nobleman had even spoken to Jesus. For all they knew, he might not have even found Him.  Maybe he did find Him and was on his way back with Him in order to make a miracle happen. Either way, they didn’t attribute this miracle to Jesus.

Happy DadSo imagine their surprise when they would have come out to tell the nobleman that everything was fine. I wonder if they were about to tell him “you didn’t have to worry about going out to get that man called Jesus because he’s been fine since yesterday afternoon.” many different thoughts could have run through their minds. But as soon as they told him the fantastic news, he asked them what time it happened. And wouldn’t you know it, it was the exact time that Jesus told him that the child lives. So as this man would have recounted the story, the awe of the miracle… I mean,.. these people had heard some great things about this Jesus, but no one in their right mind would have expected Him to be able to heal someone from 30 kms away. Wouldn’t that person have to be, right there in order to make this miracle happen?

No, and let me tell you why. It’s because this miracle was done by God the Son And God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.

The Bible says that he believed, and his whole house. His whole house includes his family as well as his servants. When they were confronted with the fact that Jesus of Nazareth had performed the type of miracle that could only be attributed to God.

The Bible says that they all believed. They didn’t just believed that he did the miracle, They would have understood that in order to make such a thing as this happen he would have to be the Son of God.

 Jesus says: I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me (John 14:6)

Do you know the Jesus that this nobleman and his household know? I’m not asking if you know about Jesus. I’m asking do you know Him personally. My prayer is that you do. But if you don’t, I’m so excited to tell you, that you can know him. Don’t put it off. Open your Bible today and start at the gospel of John. Believe what is written and obey what you read, and don’t stop reading until you know Him.

You owe it to yourself and the people you love, because you are dying from the disease called sin. All you need to do is look for Jesus and ask Him to save you. <Read it Here>

Read more about the amazing  story of the dog sled teams that saved the people of Nome Alaska from the diphtheria outbreak . For more information simply click on the book image of ‘The Cruelest Miles’

The Cruelest Miles

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