Your son will live.

So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.”

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

This exchange between Jesus and the official is a bit strange. It feels like Jesus pushes back on the man when he first asks Jesus to come heal his son. The man responds and then presses Jesus to come but Jesus does not come but merely speaks an encouraging word to him. To the naked eye it would seem that the Lord was dispassionate about the man's son in that he would not come with him. One observing the interaction might have a different perspective than we have today as we read the condensed version of the story.

I think that is one of the messages in this story for us today. Things are not always as they appear to us in our moment of crisis or pain. The official could have doubted Jesus' sincerity and demand that he come with him. He could have insisted that he have it his way but he opted to believe what Jesus told him and do it the Lord's way. Such is our challenge in every day life when "bad things" happen. We can insist in prayer that we have it "our way" or we can trust in the Lord and believe what he tells us in his word.

Lord, help me to remember this lesson and trust you when crisis and pain comes.

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