Psalm 143:8

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:8

Monday, May 20, 2013

Do you take Jesus at his word?

I'm doing a Bible study on the book of John with my Hello Mornings group.  Today we read a passage in John chapter 4, verses 46-54.  Have you read this one?  Jesus has returned to Cana, where on a previous visit, he performed his first miracle at the urging of his mother.  A royal official has heard that Jesus has returned and goes to find him.  You see, this man's son was sick...sick and almost to the point of death.  Can you just feel his heartbreak, his fear?  Can you hear the tremble in his voice as he begs Jesus to come, please come and heal his son?

And Jesus, perhaps with a look around at the crowd of people in the streets, looks back at the man and says, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders you will never believe."  Let's hit pause here for a moment....

Is that true?  Do we need to see the flashing lights, hear the music mounting in tension and volume, see hands make spectacular signals, hear fancy we need to see miraculous signs and wonders in order to believe?  Jesus does know the hearts of humans.  He knows we are a fickle people...slow to trust, slow to need of signs that say "Yes, this is it!"  But what if we didn't?  What if we just....believed?  What if we just took him at his word?  What if we let the Truth shed Light over us and just accepted Him?

Let's go back to our story in John's book.  The official says, "Sir, come down before my child dies."  And Jesus replies, "You may go.  Your son will live."  That's it.  "You may go."  What?  Really?  And what does this man do?  Does he continue to beg?  Does he grab Jesus' hand and pull him toward his home?  Does he stop in shock and say, "What?  You won't come?  Are you serious?" 

No.  "The man took Jesus at his word and departed."  That's IT!  A quiet, simple act of faith.  He took Jesus at his word.  Jesus does not lie.  Ever.  Did this man know that?  Probably not.  But he believed him.  He turned and headed back home to his son.  On the way, some of his servants came running up to him to tell him the good news that his son was still alive, doing better!  The man asked when his son had turned for the better, and they told him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."  1:00 pm.  Goose bumps moment here, friends.  The man realizes that is the exact moment he was speaking with Jesus.  The moment that Jesus said, "Your son will live." 

Jesus spoke those words, simple words, and the son's fever immediately broke.  And the man believed!  He told his household what had transpired and they believed!  And this was Jesus' second miracle.

Friends, sometimes it just takes our simple, quiet acts of faith.  Take Jesus at his word.  He won't lie to you.  He won't lead you astray.  He won't tease or play games.  He speaks truth.  Jesus tells us we have eternal life if we believe in Him.  Jesus tells us he will never leave us.  Jesus tells us he will come again and gather us to him.  Do you take Jesus at his word?

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