TEXT: John 4:46-54
46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 45.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Just as Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman resulted in living water being given to her and her people, we see in this story of the nobleman and his son who was sick unto death a demonstration of living faith. Living faith, real faith is active. It is alive, not dormant. The nobleman had faith that Jesus had healed his son based only upon His words. He didn’t see the whole staircase, but he had taken the first step.
The nobleman’s belief led him to action. He left Jesus and began to walk back home. He did not receive confirmation of his faith that his son had been healed until he met up with his servants who were coming to tell him the good news. The Bible says, “As he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.” This man’s faith was rewarded. He left Jesus with no proof of his son’s healing, but he received proof as he acted on his faith.
We read further that he “then enquired of them the hour when the boy began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” Apparently, this man was so confident that Jesus had healed his son that he waited until the next day before heading back to his home. “The father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth.” He knew that he had made the right decision by taking the matter to Jesus. Instead of hurrying back home, worried and concerned, he was able to rest that night knowing that his son was in good hands.
However, the nobleman’s faith in Jesus did not end there. His faith did not end after Jesus worked the miracle that he wanted. The last verse of his story tells us that he “himself believed, and his whole house.” This man’s single encounter with Jesus was a catalyst for his own salvation and the salvation of his family. Not only did this man come to Jesus for a one-time miracle; he got a permanent blessing out of this event by believing in Jesus Christ and leading his family to do the same. Some scholars believe that this government official from Capernaum is the same government official named “Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod” in the book of Acts who is described as a prophet in the church at Antioch. If that is the case, we see evidence that this man’s life continued to bear fruit for Jesus long after the miracle of his son being healed.
Some of us only want to use Jesus when we get in trouble or when we need something that only He can do. We ignore Jesus until He is the only one who can save us. Even though God would rather that we have faith in Him from the start, He is not mad at those who do this. Instead, He allows negative situations in our lives if that is what it takes to draw us to Himself.
Tom Landry, the late, great coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was speaking to the Board of Trustees at Dallas Theological Seminary when he said, “The job of a coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they really want.” That is what Jesus does to us. Sometimes, He allows us to go through terrible situations so that we will come to Him, submit to Him, believe in Him, and let Him take us to the place where we need to be. To do so, we must have faith, and we must allow that faith to take root in our lives so that it can spring up into a tree that bears fruit for eternity.
Are you ready to take the first step of faith in your journey with Jesus Christ today? If so, please take heed to what I am going to share with you right now.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.