What Jesus Did! 'More than Passing Interest in a Miracle Man' — John 4:45-47

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When Jesus arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him. These people had seen all the things Jesus did at the {Passover } festival in Jerusalem. These people had been at the festival too. Jesus went to visit Cana in Galilee again. Cana is where Jesus had changed the water into wine. One of the king's important officials lived in the city of Capernaum. This man's son was sick. The man heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was now in Galilee. So the man went to Jesus {in Cana}. He begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son. His son was almost dead.
— John 4:45-47
Illustration of John 4:45-47 —  His son was almost dead.

Key Thought

There were many reasons for people to seek out Jesus. Some were enthralled with him as a great teacher. Others were just fascinated by him as a miracle worker. Some wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. However, some found themselves in situations too big and too grave to master by themselves. They knew they needed a Savior. Here was a powerful governmental official made powerless when it came to what mattered most. He came to Jesus for help that only Jesus could provide. He wasn't ashamed to beg. He wasn't hesitant about inviting Jesus into his home. Only Jesus could help and he knew it. What about you? Do you find yourself in a situation too big for you to master? Then why not call on Jesus to return and be your Master?

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that I sometimes remove myself from dependency upon your power and grace. I often get so caught up in all the things that I think that I can do on my own, that I quit depending upon you to sustain me. Now in this moment, I openly confess that I cannot control the things that matter most in my life. I ask for your mercy, help, and grace. I ask that Jesus will come into my life and mend what is broken, strengthen what is weak, and pick up what is fallen. Without your grace and the Savior's powerful presence I will surely fail. In the mighty name of Jesus I ask for this grace. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him. These people had seen all the things Jesus did at the {Passover } festival in Jerusalem. These people had been at the festival too. Jesus went to visit Cana in Galilee again. Cana is where Jesus had changed the water into wine. One of the king's important officials lived in the city of Capernaum. This man's son was sick. The man heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was now in Galilee. So the man went to Jesus {in Cana}. He begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son. His son was almost dead. Jesus said to him, "You people must see miracles and wonderful works before you will believe in me." The king's official said, "Sir, come {to my house} before my little son dies." Jesus answered, "Go. Your son will live." The man believed what Jesus told him and went home. On the way home the man's servants came and met him. They told him, "Your son is well." The man asked, "What time did my son begin to get well?" The servants answered, "It was about one o'clock yesterday when the fever left him." The father knew that one o'clock was the same time that Jesus had said, "Your son will live." So the man and all the people in his home believed in Jesus. That was the second miracle that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

John 4:45-54

Related Scripture Readings

We have a great high priest who has gone to live with God in heaven. He is Jesus the Son of God. So let us continue strongly in the faith we have. Jesus, the high priest that we have, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways that we are tempted, but he never sinned. With Jesus as our high priest we can feel free to come before God's throne where there is grace (forgiveness). There we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it.

Hebrews 4:14-16

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If a person hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person. And that person will eat with me. "I will let every person that wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Every person that hears these things should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches."

Revelation 3:20-22

The Lord says this to the nation of Israel: "Come looking for me and live. But don't look in Bethel. Don't go to Gilgal. Don't cross the border and go down to Beersheba. The people of Gilgal will be taken away as prisoners. And Bethel will be destroyed. Go to the Lord, and live. If you don't go to the Lord, then a fire will start at Joseph's house. That fire will destroy Joseph's house, and no person will be able to stop that fire at Bethel.

Amos 5:4-8

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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