Today is a special day for Mother’s all over the world for the love, giving, and sacrifice they show for their children unconditionally. It is one day out of a calendar year of 365 days where the focus is turned squarely to each one of them. I am not so naive as to understand that not all women live out every day the type of life before and for their children that will serve to their benefit later on in the children’s lives. But what I do know is that the Bible clearly says we are to honor our Father and Mother, it does not qualify that command based upon the actions or the lifestyles of the Father and Mother. These are the human instruments God used to bring each child into the human family and this is why it is His heart for them to be honored by their children.
As I come to this story of the Nobleman and his sick son, I cannot but reflect back upon a story told to me by my own Mother (1933-2011) that gives me an understanding of the urgent, unyielding, and unrelenting determination of this man. My Mother told me of an incident she had in the hospital with me when I was but 9 months old and had by some means come down with pneumonia. She said that I was very listless and in very bad shape but being that this was in 1961 (when racism was still at its height in Louisiana) the white nurses just ignored her and proceeded to receive the other white patients over me and I was near unconsciousness. Surely to them I was just a little “ @#!*% ” baby and if I died so what, it would be much better for this State with if one less black boy were able to live and grow up. My Mother was relentlessly persistent with these white women yet they continued to ignore her.
She said she finally could not take anymore and covered me up in her arms and stormed back to the emergency area where the doctors were working on some other children and demanded that they see her son immediately and guess what they did just that and I lived because my Mother fearlessly fought for her child. I of course had no recollection of this event but I am certain it is true and I also am certain that Jesus Christ our Lord was present in that hospital that day protecting both her and me. This would be the first time of several that my Lord Jesus Christ would rescue me from the jaws of death.
Like my Mother this Nobleman was distraught over the condition of his son as he was near death. This man obviously had heard about our Lord Jesus going about everywhere healing people of all manner of diseases and believed that He was the only hope for his dying son (John 4:47). I truly believe that this man had faith that our Lord could restore his son to health before he ever learned that the Lord Jesus was in Galilee. The Lord Jesus knew clearly that the warm and gracious reception He received from the people of Galilee was in many ways superficial and that they were only concerned with the supernatural and miraculous and not in truly becoming His follower in the world.
They had just been eyewitnesses to the miracle of the water turned into wine and these people wanted to see more, so when this Nobleman came inquiring to the Lord about his sick son they were ready to see more miracles (John 4:45). Our Lord understanding fully all human hearts (John 2:23-25) was grieved over their lack of faith verses their thrill seeking mentality. This has not stopped even today many people will fill stadiums and arenas to go and see a man or woman touted as one who can heal their physical ailments or diseases, but these same people will shun the man or woman that boldly and powerfully proclaims the Word of God as it is from Genesis to Revelation. This reality grieved our Lord Jesus then and now and this is why He said these words, John 4:48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” NKJV This man like my Mother with the nurses and doctors wanted action from our Lord that would save his son. The Nobleman was not being irreverent to our Lord Jesus Christ, but in his desperation he may have appeared to be, but our Lord knew his heart was anxious and afraid for his son and only wanted Him to come to his son and heal him. The man was willing to do or say anything if it would but move our Lord to respond (John 4:49).
As I said earlier, the Nobleman believed our Lord could heal his son before he ever found Him in Galilee and now he proves his faith. The man left with only a word from our Lord saying, “Go your way; your son lives” and in so doing he trusted completely in the Lord’s word to him. This faith was saving faith not only for his son’s life from his illness, but saving faith that saved eternally the soul of this man. Notice after our Lord Jesus spoke those words to him, he did not question when it would happen or how his son would be healed, but he simply believed the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 4:50-51). The man did not race or rush home but confidently knew that his son was healed the very instant our Lord said he would live. This man’s saving faith and his testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ was a blessing to his whole family and resulted in their eternal salvation as well (John 4:52-53). Our Lord specifically healed this boy with a word that He might deflect away the peoples focus on the miraculous and draw their focus on His words which were then and still are now spirit and life. This miracle was performed out of His compassionate heart for this Father. Our Lord recognized the trust in this man’s heart that was mingled with his fear and desperation (John 4:54).
Psalms 33:9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. NKJV
Psalms 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” NKJV
Psalms 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. NKJV
“The bringing of the cure to the family brought salvation to it. The nobleman himself believed. He had before believed the word of Christ, with reference to this particular occasion; but now he believed in Christ as the Messiah promised, and became one of His disciples. Thus the particular experience of the power and efficacy of one word of Christ may be a happy means to introduce and settle the whole authority of Christ’s dominion in the soul. Christ has many ways of gaining the heart, and by the grant of a temporal mercy may make way for better things.” Matthew Henry
“Christ is the Good Physician. There is no disease He cannot heal; no sin He cannot remove; no trouble He cannot help. He is the Balm of Gilead, the Great Physician who has never yet failed to heal all the spiritual maladies of every soul that has come unto Him in faith and prayer.” James H. Aughey 1828-1911
Personal Foot Note on Mr. Aughey: John Hill Aughey was a minister imprisoned and condemned to execution by the arrogant officials of the South for his outspoken anti-Secession and pro-Union beliefs. Because of the “crime” of loyalty to the Union, he was subjected to an almost fatal imprisonment; he was put in irons, abused and insulted, and destined for execution on the gallows. He twice made his escape, and the second time, through almost incredible exposures and perils, succeeded in reaching the lines of the Union army. He makes a miraculous flight to freedom, to report the details of his ordeal in what was to become a highly praised and popular autobiography. Although he has harsh words for his captors, he portrays many other Southerners with sympathy. He was especially eager to protect the reputation of his fellow ministers, saying that many indeed protested slavery and secession, and that at the right time they will again be heard, when constitutional law is restored.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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