How many times do we say that we will do something, but then put it off until later?
God does not do that. (Just imagine if He did!). In John 4 we read about this, that one of God’s characteristics is that His word has immediate effect.
Joh 4:47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
Joh 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
Joh 4:49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Joh 4:50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
Joh 4:51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering.
Joh 4:52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”
Joh 4:53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.
As I said before, I’m always curious as to why God put certain things in the Bible. At face value, this is a miracle wrought so that “unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe”. And it is the second of Jesus miracles described in John, and it relates how Jesus healed a dying child. However, we were not there, we did not “see” it. We can picture it in our minds, and believe that it is true.
Taking note of some finer details, we come to verse 52 &53. Why would that be important to know? Because that is the real miracle. Jesus was there, right in front of this official, yet, by just speaking, the child was being healed at exactly that moment, elsewhere.
The power of God was demonstrated two-fold here.
Firstly, that by merely saying the word, it happened. No flashes of lightning, no puffs of smoke, no rolling thunder, no people being knocked to the ground. In fact, by this account, it sounds rather unspectacular. Just a quiet word of assurance from Jesus. Imagine the consternation of this official. Where was the sacrifice, and incense burning? The pomp and occasion of the high priests?
However, he believed Jesus, and returned home. And here is the second demonstration of God’s power. On his trip home, he found out that his son was healed at exactly the moment Jesus said he was. No waiting, no delay, no procrastination. Jesus knew what He was doing, and it was done in the same instant, many miles away. And Jesus knew that it was done, he told the man so in full confidence.
This demonstration lead the official and his whole family to believe in Jesus. Who wouldn’t?
But it still seems as if there are people who do not believe when Jesus says this. Because later on we read:
2Co 6:2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Just as Jesus said that the man son was healed, and it happened at that exact moment, He is also saying that this is the day of salvation for you. Now is the time. He listened to the official at a specific time, and healed his son so that the official and his family may be saved. That was the official anmd his family’s day and time of salvation.
Today, God is telling you that it is your time of salvation. He has done the healing by saving you from eternal death, just like the little boy was dying, and He saved him. His blood saved you from death. His sacrifice was the medicine for your sins. It happened at the instant of His resurrection.
It is urgent, you are dying like that little boy. Tomorrow, next week, next year may be too late. You don’t know when you will be called to judgment.
Repent today. Your time is now.