John 4: 45 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.46 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.47 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.48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.50 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.
This happened early in the ministry of Jesus. He had performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. He instructed the servants to fill containers with water and he turned it into wine. This is not the wine you get at the liquor store; it’s the new wine. He left that area and came back and found many waiting for him. There were many needs and problems, and they brought them to Jesus.
A nobleman came and persisted in his request. He had the best and was used to the best. His status didn’t matter. The thing—the one—he valued over his status and position was dying. His son was sick at the point of death. You know he had taken him to all the doctors he could. Nothing worked and upon hearing that Jesus was coming by he went to see him.
Whatever you are facing, it’s not over. It’s not too late. You’re still breathing and Jesus is in town. There is still time to have your need met through the power of God. He is here in all of his capacity and power, his love and mercy. He knows we need him and however you need him, he can help. He’s a man of his word. It’s hard to trust anyone these days. It’s a scary, untrustworthy time. Even if you fully intend to keep your word, circumstances may prevent it. A lot of outside sources may hinder us, but none can stop God from keeping his word—no demons, no devil, no power of darkness.
This man probably saw other parents lose children. Now he faced that fear. It was impending. He sought Jesus. Nowhere and no one else could help. His class didn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what class you’re in. You may be in the sinner class, the backslider class, the lukewarm class. To every class Jesus has a word. Whether rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, Roman or Greek, Sadducee or Pharisee Jesus had a word for them. Matthew was a traitor to his own people by being a tax collector for the Roman Empire. Jesus came his way and spoke a word to him. He accepted Jesus and followed him. We have the first book of the New Testament because of Jesus’ word to him. Whatever class you find yourself in, Jesus has a word for you.
Later when Jairus came to Jesus because his daughter was sick, Jesus agreed to go to his house with him. He didn’t need to go there to help, but there was a woman on the way with an issue of blood. She was dying and in need of the touch of the Master. He would go by this little woman and when she touched the hem of his garment she was made whole, completely healed. His presence and his word are one. If Jesus speaks by lifting the sin debt, if he speaks by bringing the prodigal home, if he speaks—whatever he speaks—he will do it.
Jesus said except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. Jesus doesn’t have to prove himself to us. We are in no position to bring demands. We’re not testing the Lord. We have no right to say if you’ll do what I ask then I’ll believe. This man sort of interrupted Jesus and said Sir, come down ere my child die. He was saying if you don’t come my child will die. His heart came out. He knew Jesus was his only hope. Until we come to that point we’ll never experience victory. Trust. Believe. In truth, it really is Jesus or die. It’s Jesus or give up. Jesus looked at him and said go thy way; thy son liveth. He didn’t go anywhere with the man. He just told him to go home because his son was fine. He didn’t go to the son like he did Jairus’ daughter. He spoke the word. The son of the Father in heaven spoke to the father of a dying son. The man believed and went home. He took Jesus at his word.
The only way to see the Lord work is to take him at his word. When we pray we may not see Jesus with these eyes. Our soul doesn’t need glasses to see him. We can see him clear enough to trust him. The man acted on what Jesus said and started home. Later his servants met him on the way and told him that his son was well. The nobleman asked what time it happened. They told him about 1pm the day before. It was at that very hour that Jesus spoke his word to the man. If Jesus says it, consider it done!
In verse 54 John underscored that this act was the second miracle that Jesus did. Who will come and be Jesus’ next miracle?