Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 4:46-54

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and works in John’s Gospel – John 4:46-54

L – U – N – C – H

See also: Rms. 1.17; Mk. 9:24; Jn. 3:18; Matt. 13:57; Is. 43:10

Legacy – v. 46-47 — Jesus’ reputation preceded him. When he entered Cana or Capernaum crowds flocked to him

Urgency – v. 47 — The boy is about to die. The father wonders if it is too late. Of course, it is only too late for the father if he does not reach Jesus.

Nobleman – v. 46 – The man who approaches Jesus is royalty. What good does his title do him now? Sometimes our privileges and ranks cannot avail when we are in dire need.

Chiding – v. 48 – Jesus is willing to heal. He has healed many. Why must they see to believe. It should be the opposite with them and us. If we would believe, then we would see.

Hour – v. 52-53. — The man makes his way back home. He meets one of his servants coming to him. The news is the best news. The boy is well. When? It happened on the lunch hour, 1 PM. It happened just when Jesus said it would. His word is law.

Exemplary story: Within the last decade businesses have begun to use a just-in-time inventory system with great success. The order is place and then the inventory is stocked and shipped. For centuries God has had in place a just-in-time system for answering prayer. Prayer is gets exciting when we come to appreciate that we receive answers at the very hour that the Master hears our prayers.

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