SUMMARY OF JOHN 4:43-54
Jesus left Sychar in Samaria and heads back to Galilee. Jesus was welcomed, as they had seen what he had done in Jerusalem at Passover. He visited Cana. A royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum went to Jesus to beg him to save his son’s life.
Jesus questions whether the man will believe without a sign. The man asks him to come down before his son dies. Jesus told him to go and that his so would live.
The man did believe, and before he even returned home, the man was told by his officials that his son was well. His whole household believed because of this miracle.
This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.
BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 6, Day 5: John 4:43-54
12) He went to Cana in Galilee. He was welcomed by the people as they had seen what he had done in Jerusalem at Passover.
13a) The man was a royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum went to Jesus to beg him to save his son’s life.
b) Jesus was skeptical that the man would believe, but Jesus healed the boy anyway.
14) Jesus shows grace to everyone, even to those whom may doubt him. He answers prayers simply and powerfully, which is why we must always pray!
15) He is giving me patience to wait on His answers. He is helping me reach these prayers with tiny steps every day. He gives me the encouragement I need when I need it.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 6, Day 5: John 4:43-54
Great lesson! Shows the power of prayer when you see out Jesus!
End Notes BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 6, Day 5: John 4:43-54
Let us remember that Jesus grew up in Galilee. He is returning to home territory. Because of this familiarity, it was hard for the people to believe in Jesus since he grew up there as a normal child. They did not honor him as they should.
Cana is about 20 miles from Capernaum, so the royal official had traveled that far to meet Jesus.
The Second Sign Recorded by John
Jesus wondered if the man required a sign to believe. You can imagine that many people Jesus encountered only wanted something from him without faith.
We should not require signs and wonders to prove God is who He is. Signs prove a purpose and are useful, but should not be the foundation of our faith.
Jesus tests the man by simply uttering words to heal his son. The nobleman believes, as indicated when he turned to leave, obeying Jesus.
The nobleman was not walking hurriedly (since it was yesterday at the 11th hour). This shows his faith in Jesus’ words, too.
The nobleman’s faith was deepened even more, and his whole household believed.
The signs John records are so that we will believe (John 20:29-31).
Fun fact: The first and the second sign took place in Cana (the water turned to wine and the healing of this son).
The first sign was so that the disciples may believe.
This second sign is so that the nobleman and his household would believe.
Note the Samaritans (and many others) believed without a sign.
Jesus uses whatever power is necessary that will reach us individually. What a gracious God we have!
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