#5564 – Believe & Believe

Good morning people who believe in Jesus and who believe the words of Jesus.

John 4:50-53 NIV “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 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.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

These verses above describe what happened with a royal official who came to Jesus about his sick son. It is a wonderful story where we see the miraculous power of God at work. But I want to lean into it a bit more today.

The miracle happened when the man took Jesus at His Word. He not only verbally came into agreement, but he left Jesus and headed home at just a word from Jesus. It appears this man had faith in what Jesus said.

But then comes the even more interesting part in the last verse. After the man realised that the miracle happened at the time Jesus spoke to him, the scripture says it was then that he and his whole household believed.

I see from this that this man believed the words of Jesus and acted on them before he believed in Jesus. Wow!

And this is where it hits home for me today. I grieve over the growing number of people who profess to believe in Jesus but they still don’t fully believe and act on the words of Jesus. Yes, you are reading this correctly. What a devastating time we are in where unbelievers sometimes have more faith than believers. Beloved, this ought not to be!

It’s time to become people of deep and unshakeable convictions, both in Jesus Himself, and in the words that He speaks. Our actions really do provide the evidence of our professed belief system.

May we be believing believers.