Bible Study John Chapter 4 Verses 45-54
John 4:45 – Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast. The Galileans received Jesus, they received Him because they had seen the miracles He performed in Jerusalem. They went up to the feast of Passover and got themselves acquainted with Jesus. Most likely they not only seen the miracles but they talked with the One that was performing the miracles. Jesus is still performing miracles but as Christians, we should be thirsting after the person who performs the miracles rather than the miracles itself. According to the Word of God seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness everything else you need will be given to you (But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33). So when we seek the Father through the Son we’re seeking His righteousness, we’re seeking to please Him and as we seek to please Him, He will give us the desires of our heart when the desire is not contrary to the Word of God.
John 4:46 – So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman (royal officer), whose son was sick at Capernaum. The officer was coming to petition Jesus for his son, the petitioner was the officer, and his son was the patient. Although the officer was in high ranking, it didn’t stop the attack of sickness attacking his son. Many Christians have family members who are sick and diseased and although they live for the Lord with all their being it does not stop sickness or disease from attacking our family as well as ourselves. Just like the nobleman, we have to seek the One that has authority over sickness and disease.
John 4:47 – When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought (implored) him would come down, and heal his son: for he was the point of death. The officer humbled himself and went to see Jesus rather than requesting Jesus to come to Him. Two things were happening, the officer humbled himself, and he was believing Jesus could heal his son although he had not seen the miracles but he had heard about them.
John 4:48 – Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. Jesus gently rebuked the officer, it appears the officer believed in the miracles he had heard, but did he believe that Jesus was the Son of God? He must have heard about Jesus proclaiming that He was the Son of God. The question Jesus may have been saying; would he believe without the signs and wonders. But Jesus felt the pain the man was feeling towards his son’s sickness, and he was going to perfect that what was concerning the officer.
John 4:49 – The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere (before) my child die. The officer addressed Jesus as sir showing respect for Jesus’ authority and title. He was requesting Jesus presence before his son dies.
John 4:50 – 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. The officer not only believed Jesus could heal, he also obeyed Jesus by returning home which was demonstrating his faith. It’s not enough for us to say we believe Jesus can take care of our problems, we need to act as if He can. When we pray about a need or a problem we need to live as though we believe Jesus can do what He say. We’re not on a rollercoaster ride, today we believe, tomorrow we’re wondering whether or not He will do it. The officer didn’t ask any questions, he just believed what Jesus told him and went his way.
John 4:51 – And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. As the officer was on his way to his home, his servants met him with the good news that his son lives.
John 4:52 – Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend (get better). And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. The officer inquired about when did his son become better. Most likely he was comparing the healing to the time Jesus had instructed him that his son was healed.
John 4:53 – So the father knew that it was the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house (household). After hearing the report the father knew it was the same hour Jesus said: “his son lives”. The officer’s faith is now in the Son of God, he believed and his family believed on the Son of God. Our family may not believe as quickly as we tell them about Jesus, but continue to pray for them, continue to believe that Jesus will heal them, have faith in Jesus and not what you see or hear.
John 4:54 – This is again the second miracle (sign) that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee. This was the second miracle Jesus performed, the first was turning the water into wine, and the healing of the officer’s son. The nobleman’s faith grew, his faith brought physical healing to his son and spiritual healing to his family. Faith is a gift that grows as we use it. The miracle performed was more than a favor to the officer, it was signed to all the people. Their faith in Jesus would spread by word of mouth as it did with the Samaritans, Galileans to other cities and countries. Our salvation is a miracle, we can’t explained how it was performed in the spirit realm but we know there has been a change in our behavior and character. We have put off the world’s way of thinking and actions and are now thinking with the mind of Christ. Our faith in Jesus will draw others as we testify through words as well as our actions.