Why Do We Believe?

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. http://www.GregOlsen.com
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. http://www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – March 23,2020 – John 4:43-54

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
For Jesus himself testified
that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
where he had made the water wine.
Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
he went to him and asked him to come down
and heal his son, who was near death.
Jesus said to him,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
The royal official said to him,
“Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.”
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back,
his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
He asked them when he began to recover.
They told him,
“The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.”
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
“Your son will live,”
and he and his whole household came to believe.
Now this was the second sign Jesus did
when he came to Galilee from Judea.

Interesting reading from John’s Gospel. Jesus is back in Cana where his first miracle – changing water into wine – was performed at a celebration – a wedding. Jesus was basically unknown.

Today he is met by an official – Jesus was now becoming a known person – asking him to heal his son who was dying. Jesus is frustrated that everyone comes wanting something, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” They don’t act like Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, sitting at his feet and soaking in his teachings.

But the man does believe – in his distressed state he needs to believe. Jesus recognizes this sort of desperate belief and tells the man his son will live. The son is healed and the whole family begins to believe in Jesus.

But the man left after Jesus proclaimed his son healed and went home with faith that what Jesus said was true. He believed before seeing the signs and wonders.

Jesus is asking us to believe without the proof he’s special. He will perform the miracles but that can’t be why we believe.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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