Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 19, 2019

“The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off.” – “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 4:46-54.

“Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine.  And there was a royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son;  for he was at the point of death.  So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”  The royal official *said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus *said to him, “Go;  your son lives.”  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off.  As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living.  So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better.  Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”  So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”;  and he himself believed and his whole household.  This is again a second sign that Jesus performed when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”  John 4:46-54.

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The royal official did not need to see a sign from Jesus.  The royal official believed Jesus at His word ““Go;  your son lives.”, and he started off.

We should be like the royal official and believe God’s Word without the need to see a sign or wonder.

We should not be like “Doubting Thomas”.  “So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  John 20:25.

“Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed?  Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”  John 20:29.

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;  for who hopes for what he already sees?”  Romans 8:24.

“yet, with respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,  and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  THEREFORE IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Romans 4:20-22.


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