TO CHEW ON: "The royal official said, 'Sir, come down before my child dies.'
'Go,' Jesus replied, 'your son will live.' ” (John 4:49,50)
The royal official had tried everything to cure his son. Doctors, special baths, medicines – nothing had worked. Then he heard that Jesus was back in Cana. This was the Jesus that had made water into wine. It gave him an idea!
As fast as he could, he traveled the 30 kilometers (about 15 miles) from his home in Capernaum to Cana. Jesus was easy to find - in the middle of the biggest crowd.
"Nobleman asks Jesus to heal his son" - Artist unknown
But when the official asked Jesus to come home with him, Jesus didn’t go. Instead He sent the man home by himself with a promise: “You may go, your son will live.”
Would his son really get better without Jesus there, the official wondered. Before he reached home, an excited servant came out to meet him.
"The Nobleman is told his son is well" - Artist unknown
“Your son is all better!”
“When did this happen?” the official asked.
“At the seventh hour the fever just disappeared.”
Then the official knew, it was Jesus who had healed his little boy. For that was exactly the time Jesus had said to him: “Your son will live.” Jesus had healed his son in His own way.
PRAYER: Help me to trust You to answer in the best way when I pray. Amen
SUPERSIZE IT: When You Are Sick
~ What things do you do when you are sick?
- go to the doctor
- take medicine
- read a doctor book
- eat chicken soup
- check the internet for advice
~ Do you believe God can heal you when you are sick? Along with all the other things you do (and which God also uses to heal you), do you remember to pray?
~ Make a list of people you know who are sick. Can God heal them too? Say a prayer, asking Him to do that.
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