Did you ever want to encounter someone who genuinely has the gift of healing? I know many are skeptical, but haven’t you heard some of these amazing stories? I have a friend whose grandfather had a basement full of walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs. These were left when tossed aside by those who had been healed. The Bible is full of accounts of miraculous events that include healing. What does it all mean? How can we make sense of it? Do we not crave supernatural intervention by God?
John 4:49-50 (ESV)
49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
Jesus has returned to Cana in Galilee. This is where He turned water into wine. It would be reasonable to assume that people knew about this miracle. This passage shows us that the official asking for help knew that Jesus had the power to do what is impossible. He is a royal official, so he has some affluence and prominence. His son is sick and he is desperate. He comes to Jesus and asks for healing. Jesus does not go to Capernaum with Him but heals the boy form His current location which is 20 miles or so away. Later we see that the boy is cured at the very hour Jesus declared healing had taken place. The healing caused the official and his household to respond by believing in Jesus.
What does this passage tell us about Jesus and about ourselves?
The gospels record a variety of healing events. The events recorded show a wide variety of circumstances and approaches by Jesus. What we cannot do is reduce the power to heal to a formula that can be imitated to get similar results. This particular healing takes place at a distance. Jesus was not even present with the boy. Jesus has the power and authority over illness and does not need to be in the immediate presence to heal.
I can not begin to answer the question as to why and where healings take place. The point I want to address today is your response to reports of miraculous events. The overwhelming response recorded in these Biblical passages is belief. Do we behave the same, or are we too skeptical to attribute miracles to a personal God? Do we explain away the accounts we hear? Do we write them off as fraudulent? We have many things we can use to explain away the things God has done. Are we willing to take pause, recognize how exceptional some instances are, and then attribute them to God? Will we then respond with belief? Will we seek Him as the ultimate source of all things? Do you believe in His power? The temptation to explain and trivialize the things God has done plagues us all.
How will you respond today?
Complete this sentence. Today I will____________________________________________