Today's passage: John 4:46-54
- In John 3 and 4, we see Jesus proclaiming the Gospel and ministering to a Jewish leader, a Samaritan woman with her town, and then a Roman official. The indication is that they all believed. The Apostle John is making a point. Jesus is the Savior of the world.
- The “you” near the end of verse 48 is plural (“You all”). Jesus was giving a warning. Some people want the signs more than the sign giver. This desire is not a fruit of belief.
- That is not to say these signs are bad, or that it is wrong to value them. John tells us about this amazing miracle to highlight Jesus' miracle-working power!
- He healed a child without being present with him (A day's journey away), and without being told where the child was.
Questions to consider:
- What attributes of God were on display in Jesus' miracle? Why was this official right (And logical) to believe in Him?
- If Jesus is only as good as His last miracle to me, what have I made Him to be for me? Is Jesus “nice” and “useful” for the quality of my life, or is He Lord? How might my true view of Jesus be evidenced over time in my life?
- Who else believed in Jesus after this miracle occurred and was communicated to others (Verse 53)? What have we seen happening in this passage and in the account of the Samaritan woman after the first person hears and is saved? Who are some people around you who heard of Christ through your conversion and throughout the years? What ways has God used you in the past for which you can be thankful?