30th June, Sunday Worship Service “Seeing is Believing? or Believing is Seeing?”

June 30 | 2019

[Sermon Summary]

[John 4:46-54]


Once 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. 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. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”Jesus replied, “You may go. 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, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” Then 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. This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.

The world speaks of faith. Seeing is believing. But the Bible speaks. Believing is seeing. Today’s text shows exactly what the Bible says. There was a nobleman who had a son dying in Capernaum. He was a senior officer at the court and a rich man. He went to Cana, which was four hours away from Capernaum, despite being able to command his servant. And he begged Jesus to save his son. He had faith that Jesus could heal his son. But the faith was weak and limited. Jesus rebuked him for coming to Jesus in a curious manner. But he did not make any excuse for Jesus’ rebuke, but just humbled his request to Jesus again. Jesus said to him that his son was living and that he may go. He fully believed in the words of Jesus and immediately returned home. And he came to see his new son, and he and his whole family came to believe in Jesus. He came to see his faith.

John wanted to record this miracle as a second miracle, even though there were many miracles since Jesus changed water to wine in Cana so that we can see the miracle that turned the water into wine and this miracle incident together. There are some commonalities between the two miracle stories, but one big difference. The first miracle was in the moment of joy, and the second miracle was in the moment of sorrow. Through these differences, John tells us that Jesus is needed for us no matter what our circumstances are. He also records the order of Jesus’ ministry in the order of Judea, Samaria, and Galilee, proclaiming that Jesus is the Savior of all, no matter what the person of any kind, or any educated person.

Our prayers sometimes may not be answered because of our wrong motives. However, the prayer that you have fully believed in the Lord will be answered, even if the response may be delayed. Believing is seeing.