Go… & Live!

Footsteps of Jesus

John 4:49-53 (English Standard Version)
The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.

The official had traveled over 20 miles from his home in Capernaum to Cana. This was well before the arrival of automobiles and highways — 20 miles was a significant distance to journey. But this father was desperate to meet Jesus, who he had heard was a great healer. He begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to save his son.

Jesus didn’t waste words here. He just told the man, “Go; your son will live.” Anyone who has been anxious about the health of a beloved child can appreciate the kindness Jesus showed here, reassuring the man and, without delay, telling him to hurry back to the bedside of his son. The Greek word translated here as “will live” (zaō), means to continue to live, but also “to enjoy real life, active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God” (Thayer’s Lexicon).

At the exact moment that Jesus made his amazing pronouncement, the boy was healed. This miracle caused the official and his entire household to believe in the power and authority of Jesus. And, in this decision, Jesus’ words were truly, and wholly, fulfilled. This boy’s healing provided him with zaō  — he would enjoy a real, authentic, fully-realized life through his belief in the Son of God who came to save him.

When you are worried about someone you love, how easy or difficult is it for you to trust God to care for him or her?

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1 Response to Go… & Live!

  1. Martha Luzinski says:

    In the big overarching ways, knowing God is in control and taking care of the details is easy for me, its the day by day, hour by hour steps that cause the most stress….which brings me back to His promises…..life in the trenches is tough….breath in breath out…. Trust

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