“Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your son lives.’ So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way” (John 4:50).
Would I believe Jesus that easily if I asked him for a miracle? Would I believe Jesus if he said he had healed someone I loved, without any initial proof in front of me? I know I would definitely ask him for a miracle in an hour of desperation like that. But would I hesitate when he said he answered it? This nobleman had left his dying son and travelled a good distance to ask Jesus for help. Jesus said his son was healed and this man saw no reason to verify. He just turned around and started walking home. I wonder if I was this nobleman, and Jesus said he answered my prayer, would I just believe and go on my way?
When I read this passage, those were the thoughts that flickered through my mind. I wondered how I would have responded. I wondered if my response would have sounded more like, “Are you sure Jesus? Are you positive?”
I found that a little unsettling. If that’s the case, when I pray, what am I expecting? As I sat with that, I thought, “Well it would be easier to have the kind of faith that the nobleman had if I had seen Jesus do miracles in person before.” The text says that the Galileans had seen Jesus do miracles in Jerusalem.
Haven’t I seen miracles before? Maybe I wasn’t there when Jesus turned water in to wine, but I can’t say that I haven’t seen prayers answered. I felt myself challenged by this text as I read and meditated over it. Why wouldn’t I believe Jesus, and go on my way, if he said he answered my prayers? The size of the miracle has nothing to do with it; it’s the fact that it’s Jesus that we’re asking.
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