“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. (John 4:50 NIV)
Jesus has just me the woman at the well and has now travelled to Cana in Galilee. As gets there a royal official hears about him and goes to visit him because his son is very sick. He begs Jesus to heal him, Jesus ‘seems’ a bit fed up with the people, saying unless you see signs or wonders you will never believe. The official carries on asking despite what Jesus has said. His desperation has made him press in, he doesn’t care. He just wants his son to be well and he will go to any lengths to have that happen.
Sometimes we need desperation, we need to be desperate for his presence, desperate for Him, and sometimes it takes difficult circumstances in our lives to find Him and awaken our need of Him. We all have a need for Jesus, whether it is recognised or hidden. Desperation through tragedy or high pressured circumstances expose our need, if we don’t turn to Him at these points of pressure we will turn somewhere else. It is the somewhere else that can be concerning….where do you find solace? Where do you comfort your soul and ease of distress? There are many voices that are competing for the job but only one will truly satisfy. Only one will not destroy.
It seems to be the same pattern, the woman with the issue of blood, Jairus, blind Bartimaeus, they were all desperate for a miracle, it took their desperation to step out and find Jesus. It took their desperation to get up and do something. And we come back to the Royal official, he had not listened to the words Jesus gave about the people’s demand for signs and wonders (he is looking for one himself!) but he carries on asking. It is at this point that Jesus gives the word “Go, your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
A word from Jesus is all that it needed to change the situation. His desperation had paid off. He didn’t feel shame asking for a sign and wonder. It is kind of ironic that Jesus has just said the words about signs and wonders and then does a profound miracle just through his word.
Do you need a miracle? You need a word form God.
Your seeking of Him will pay off, but it does depend on how hungry you are for Him. Your need of the miracle will be your drive and lead your pursuit. But all it takes is a word from Jesus, that’s all it needs.
That’s all I need.