A noble man's story
46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.
48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”
50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.
51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.
-John 4:46-53 (NLT)
I love this passage of scripture. It offers hope, it instills faith, and it allows us to look into a real person living a real-life situation. Nothing spectacular to see; there were no angels in this story, no mind blowing supernatural show. Just a man in need of a miracle, and the Messiah with a message.
I love this because I believe we often miss the supernatural looking for the spectacular.
The man in the story was called a “noble man” in scripture because he was a royal officer who served the King. I would like to point out that it is here we see pain asks no permission and seeks no specific class of person, pain falls on the rich and poor and everyone in between.
The story continues to show a man in a hopeless situation encounter hope and exercise faith. We see this man refuses to bend toward what he sees and lean into what he knows. He saw a deathly-ill child but knew Jesus had power over the disease to heal.
We see his faith displayed twice in eight short versus, first in verse fifty. In this verse, Jesus tells the man to “go back home,” and I am amazed at the man’s response. No questions or anger, he simply turns, trusts, and starts back down the road on the journey home. Wow—what trust!
We see that as the man is on his way he is encountered by (v51) his servants rejoicing telling the man that his son lives. He then discovers his son was healed at the exact moment Jesus spoke and believes again. This causes his entire household to believe.
My take away is this: today there is hope. Someone reading this will need a miracle. You may find yourself in a situation where Jesus is the only hope to heal you, be it a physical healing, emotional wound, mental torment, a family situation, a marriage. Whatever you need, I would encourage you be silent and listen to Him speak. Then whatever He commands you to do, obey immediately. Believe His report and, like the noble man walk, in your victory.
When He speaks, it will happen!
Father, I choose to trust you even when I cannot see the miracle I know you are working things out for my good and the expansion of Your Kingdom in my life and the lives of those around me. Help me to grow in my faith and obedience to You. As the Noble man teach me to hear and follow Your Word. I love you Lord and I know You love me. Amen.