“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.” (NKJV)
After some days of ministering amongst the Samaritans, Jesus was in Cana, where His first miracle was recorded. It was a place of miracles, the place the new wine flowed! It was in this place where anything was possible that a “nobleman” sought Jesus, and desperately pleaded that He come to his home and heal his son who was seriously sick. In an age of high mortality rates and less developed understanding of science and medicine, there seemed to be nothing more that could be done for his sick child. The outlook was bad, and people had no hope for his recovery. This was a man who had wealth, power and authority. There was probably very little he could not buy or change in his town. But he was faced with a situation which was completely outside his control. With all his heart he wanted his son healed and whole, but there seemed to be nothing further that he could do but wait for what seemed to be the inevitable.
Then he heard that Jesus was in the area, and he knew that there was hope for his child. He had heard about Jesus and the signs and wonders which followed Him. He had heard about how Jesus raised the dead and opened blind eyes. He knew he had to find Him and bring Him home to lay His hands on the boy and make him well. There was no internet or telephones, and this man had to physically track Jesus down until he found Him in Cana of Galilee.
When he finally met Jesus, he expected Him to quickly agree to come with him to his home, but Jesus said “Unless you people see signs and wonders you will by no means believe”. Jesus meant that faith was about believing without seeing the evidence with our eyes. It is a ‘knowing’ which goes beyond any physical sign or experience. Jesus was trying to help the man to understand that He was able to heal his child without physically going into their home and laying his hands upon his infirm body. While the healing power of God affects our physical being, it is a transfer that happens by the power of the Spirit – it is a spiritual phenomenon. It usually happens by faith, as we believe and receive!
The nobleman began to get a little frantic, as he said to Jesus “come down before my child dies..!” He was concerned that while they talked, the seconds were ticking by, and his son could die any minute. He was saying “hurry up, we have no time!” But eternal God lives outside of time and space. There is nothing He cannot do in any point in time, even if that point has been passed (as we see it). In fact, this dear man had no revelation that he was standing before the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), and that even if the cold hands of death took his son, Jesus could raise him up again! Faith sees the impossible as a possibility. Faith lives not in the finity of the moment but in the reality of eternity. Faith looks up towards heaven and believes that there is nothing God cannot do, even when all the surrounding physical evidence suggests something to the contrary.
Faith begins with believing the Word, and this man who knew there was power in the person of Jesus did something right. He believed! Jesus said to him “Go your way; your son lives.” And the father of this child “believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.” He completely accepted the words of Jesus. He was so filled with faith and the revelation that his child was healed that he did not hang around to make sure that this was true. He simply “went his way”; he got back to his usual routine. He was not anxious or fearful any more. In fact he did not rush back, but travelled home in peace, when he met the men who worked for him, and heard the wonderful news that his son was alive and well. He was not surprised to hear that his son had begun to recover the very moment that Jesus had spoken the healing word upon him. His faith in Jesus was now so strong that it could never be shaken – he had believed and received!
Friend, there is a message here for you and me from Jesus. He is asking us to believe His Word – for healing or any other miracle you are seeking in your life. His Word is true! His Word says that “all things are possible for those who believe” (Mark 9:23), and that because Jesus took our punishment upon His body, “by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Stand on the promises of God. Stand on the prophecies that were spoken over your life. Expect them to be fulfilled. Believe them, think about them, speak them into your life on a daily basis! It will feed your faith, and prepare you for what God is going to do. As you believe, you shall receive!
Know that your prayer has already been answered. The father of this child found that his son was healed the moment Jesus spoke the Word. In the same way, when you received the Word as you read your Bible or spoken into your life, the Word of God was activated for you. Whatever you are praying for has already become a reality in the spiritual realm, because it was spoken forth by Jesus! Now believe to receive.
There is also a message here for parents who are praying for a miracle in the lives of their children. You love them deeply, and unconditionally, but Daddy God loves them even more! He has great plans for them and longs to draw them into the powerful destinies He has for them. Whatever you are seeking for your kids, the Father has it covered, and He asks you to believe His Word as true today. He says to you from Isaiah 54:13 “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” If you are praying for your son or daughter to come (back) into relationship with Jesus, His promise is true (in Isaiah 43:5 & 6) which says “Fear not for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth.” God has plans for them, and they are good plans! (Jeremiah 29:11).
Finally, you may be a person who saw God do many miracles in your life in your early years as a believer, when you were filled with the new wine, and in that place in your life which was “Cana”. Miracles feed our faith, and similarly, disappointments may slowly weaken it. Start to look past the disappointments you have seen, and begin to seen His appointments. God is calling you back to Cana, to be filled anew with the fresh wine of the Holy Spirit, to walk in the power of signs and wonders, to believe Him for the impossible, and to see lives and situations dramatically touched by His presence, and for the glory of His name.
Know that God has awesome things He wants to do for you, and today He calls you to access His blessings and power by faith. May you see the greatness and goodness of your Father God, and believe Him. May you receive all His bountiful blessings, and walk in peace and great joy always. God loves you!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 22 August, 2011
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