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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

John 4:43-54

Relax, Read and Reflect

Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

Jesus Heals the Official's Son
43After the two days he left for Galilee. 44(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.

46Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

49The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

50Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."

53Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.

54This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.

After wrapping things up in Samaria, Jesus goes back to his home state, and the home folks welcomed him. They had heard of what he was doing. When he got to the town he had done the water into wine thing in, a "royal " official, (someone loyal to Rome,) came and begged Jesus to come save his dying son. It is important for us to see that this is not a Jew coming to Jesus, this is a gentile.

Jesus tells the crowd that it is important that They see signs, or they will not believe. The official is not worried about signs, he is worried about his sick son. Jesus tells him to go on home, his son will live. As the man is walking home, (somewhat relaxed,) his servants meet him to tell him his boy is OK. The official knows and believes that Jesus had performed another miracle.


1. Why is it important that we understand this man was not a Jew, but a gentile?

2. Why was the man walking, not running home?

3. Why did Jesus do his first two miracles in Galilee?

Prayer- Lord, give us the faith to realize that all will be well. Help us look as these stories of Jesus and be able to use them in our world today. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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