John 4: 43-54
Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus Himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. Then when He was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received Him, having seen all the things that He did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast. 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 Judaea 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. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
Be loved and read this awesomeness:
Everything about this historical account is based on the man’s love for his child. It brought him to believe in something he has little proof of. The reason there is little proof as opposed to no proof is that we can assume that the reason this man has dropped all of his plans to travel to Jesus is because he has heard of or experienced the grace Jesus had been extending to people in the form of miraculous healings and wonders.
Whenever we hear Jesus say something like “unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” we humans tend to read remarks like this in a light of disrespect. We may or may not be right about that. Sometimes I think, especially when Jesus was talking to those who were working on trusting Him, that He was just stating a fact. Lovingly stating a fact. God made us to be a certain way. It is human nature to not believe unless we see some proof, its common sense, it’s the opposite of gullible, its just the way it is. No man can believe, within themselves, except through Our Father.
When Jesus said to the man “unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe” what do you think went through the man’s head? I am guessing he would have thought maybe: of course I believe I just traveled all this way didn’t I or maybe he thought its normal to want proof of something. There are a lot of things the man may have thought. This man, like Daniel in the book of Daniel would not give up. He was not there to argue with Jesus. He was not there to guard his pride, or show Jesus who’s boss. The man had a goal and had traveled a lot of hours to achieve that goal.
Within all of this travel we can assume this guy had planned out how to achieve his goal: get Jesus to come to his house and heal his son. This would have been an incredibly sensible way to go about achieving the goal. Jesus probably foresaw both the mans sensible plan and the man’s fervent desire that would not be quelled unless his son was indeed healed. Jesus knew the guy wasn’t getting the answer he wanted from Him so he prepped him for it: “If you do not see signs and wonders you will not believe” This is a fulcrum point in the story. Not only does it bring out the points we just explored but it gave the man a chance to unfurl and allow pride to step in. It would have shown itself as the spirit of contention. The man would have began arguing with Jesus.
The man however, in his determination would not allow this spirit to step into the conversation. He simply repeated his question a different way. Check this out:
Nobleman: ” Jesus, my son is dying, please come to my house and heal him, please”
Jesus: “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe”
Nobleman: “Come down ere my child die”
The guy has a goal and he doesn’t allow any idle babble to get in the way of his goal. My son needs healing is all he was worried about. If this were a lesser man, “come down ere my child die” could have read: “Unless I believe I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you” Or ” I have heard of many great signs and wonders you have performed, that’s why I’m here” or many other things. The nobleman’s persistence though paid off. When Jesus told him to go his way that his son is healed we can guess that human nature jumped in and told him that he needs proof that his son is healed. He had to make a change within himself to his original plan. He had to say to himself: I need to not prod this Jesus into journeying to my house and just trust that He speaks truly, leaving me to start home a worried mess.
Because Jesus prepped the man, he wouldn’t allow that nature to tell him to continue in his persistence. Jesus told the guy to trust in something unseen and the man did. It was counted to Him as his son was healed.
There is one moral we can learn from this that will aid us in business, family, friends, spouses, and all relationships. If we see our goal and know that it is one from the heavens we can not allow the evil one to waste any of our time tarrying in foolish and fruitless arguing. We see the goal, we focus. We see an argument before it comes and ignore it, then bring the focus back to the task at hand.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to earth in the flesh and then proving to us that even though satan is the prince down here you are ultimately in control of everything. You usurped his power over and over again, within his own stomping grounds, while living in a vessel he should have power over, showing the powers of heaven that are all around us in loving and awesome ways. Your the man, Jesus, please love you better through us. Bring your understanding of The Father and His heavenly kingdom into our lives so that we may seek you with a fervent thirst.