After Jesus’ time in Samaria, he returned to Galilee. The people were all a buzz because they had seen the miracles Jesus did in Jerusalem and of course Cana in Galilee is where Jesus turned water into wine. The buzz about Jesus was stirring.
Jesus was in Cana when a royal official from Capernaum came to him. Capernaum would have been a little over 16 miles, 26km, from Cana. Imagine walking that far. It would have taken most of the day.
The royal official came to Jesus because his son was sick and near death.
When 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.
After the man begged Jesus, Jesus’ response seemed to be a disconnect.
“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
The man persisted.
“Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus did not come but he did do something. He healed the man’s son without being there by merely saying the words:
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The believed what Jesus said and returned to Capernaum. On his way, his servants met him and told him his son was healed. The royal official asked when it happened.
When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
The royal official realized it was the exact time Jesus had said, “Your son will live.”
Jesus may seem distant to us at times. He is on his throne in heaven after all and we are, well, stuck here in this mess of a world until he either takes home to heaven or he returns for us.
But all it takes is one word from Jesus. His decree cannot be stopped. When we pray to Jesus, we are praying to the one who has all power. We can approach his throne as Hebrews 4:16 says:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Jesus is always with us. He will never leave us. He has all power. We can pray in faith and trust him to decide what is best in the situation. We need to be careful to not lose heart. Some answers come quickly and we call them miracles. Some answers come slowly in this life to fulfill his purpose. Some come in our next life in heaven.
Let’s remember just one word from Jesus changes everything.
Thank you for reading. God bless.