Scripture:  If you are very familiar with the historical account of the nobleman who traveled to Jesus for healing go ahead and skip to the gleaning.

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.

Gleaning:

Our nobleman walks away from Jesus being told his son is healed.  The Nobleman has a long journey ahead of him where he has to trust in what Jesus said.  Probably, the further down the path he goes the more his natural common sense slips and seeps it’s way into his psyche;  Telling the nobleman that he should have gotten Jesus to come with him to his house.  What if he gets home after all that travel and his son is not healed!

But,  he was just in front of Jesus, there was something about the man that had him trust.  His trust in Him was strong.  Then, why does he find himself doubting as he steps closer and closer towards his daily routine and regular mundane life?  Why is he doubting what he knew to be so clear just miles behind him?

After long hours of travel,the nobleman sees one of his servants coming towards him through the ardent mist, and broken light of the dusty path.  His servant comes with exciting news: His son is healed!  “What hour was he healed?” asks the nobleman.  The same hour at which Jesus had told him to trust that his son is well.  Hallelujah!  The man’s servant has restored his faith in Jesus’ words on the long journey back to ensure his goal was met.  The man is absolutely certain, though, with full strength in faith when he returns home and sees his son well with his won eyes.

Many lessons can be gathered here.  We are encouraged to read these historical occurrences in Jesus’ life over and over.  Studying them will bring our psyche’s into a deeper understanding of how we are to deal with any situation life throws our way. Check this little tid-bit out:  the first sign and the second sign both occurred in Cana of Galilee and they both involve a subordinate being integral in the story.  In both cases it was a servant that knew key information.

Prayer:

Your word is powerful, and holy.  Please, Lord, Please give us courage and strength to hold this knowledge in such a way that is glorifying and honoring to You.  Help us to better serve you so the helmet of salvation can continue to be fastened in strength over our lives.

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