(Every Tuesday a group of Westside’s pastors gather to do devotions together. The scripture is usually centered around an upcoming message. This morning the group discussed John 4:43-54. Here is some of the thoughts that came from this morning).
On what basis does this man believe Jesus? Did he hear about the water turned to wine that happened in this very same city? Did he know Jesus? Jesus made his home with Peter in this man’s hometown of Capernaum. What caused him to believe Jesus? Was it the way Jesus spoke?
Often we treat Jesus like a “911 Jesus”. Allow Him to be part of our everyday lives.
Kingdom order of things. Focuses on the belief and on the heart. Jesus is more after our heart and belief system. Healing is actually an easier task than helping someone believe. Spiritual before physical.
Desperation often leads us to Jesus. People show up at church often out of desperation.
Little Faith vs Living Faith. Son is close to death, so are we. Draw close to Jesus. Situations may resist you. God may even put an obstacle you have to climb over. Authentic faith comes from being around Him.
Persistent and Progressive Faith. Beckoning to us to ask for more. Believe progressively, ask persistently.
You people…why does Jesus sometimes talk so abruptly to people? Pride often ends the possibility for healing. Jesus wants to break pride in our lives.
Not everyone has the same level of faith. It is a progression.
How do we demonstrate our faith? This guy did it by walking away. He completely put his trust on Jesus’ word.
The parallel of the centurion who didn’t ask Jesus to come, but to just say a word. Jesus marveled at faith and the lack of faith. Regardless, Jesus healed both.
Would this guy believed in Jesus if his son had not been healed?
If God is who he says he is, why do bad things happen? There is always a bigger picture. It’s about getting closer and closer to Jesus.