Jesus said to him, “You people must see signs and miracles before you will believe in me.” 49 The officer said, “Sir, come before my child dies.” 50 Jesus answered, “Go. Your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus told him and went home.
For the Christian, believing is seeing. For most, seeing is believing.
The powerful and revealing words that should encourage us are, “The man believed what Jesus told him…” This man shows us that he believed before he saw the proof. So often we wait for the results, hoping and wishing. This man did not need the proof to believe.
It is noteworthy that the man expected Jesus to perform the miracle according to how he envisioned it, but Jesus had other plans. So many times, we expect Jesus to do it “my way.” Where is the trust in that? We are called to believe the words of Jesus, not because we see evidence first, but because Jesus has said so. It is in the faith and trust of who He is and what He wants to accomplish — not in what we see or expect. We need to believe in the miracle of His words to us. He reveals Himself in His promises and in His words. When we trust and obey those words, that’s when we see the miracles of Jesus.
Jesus does not need potions, formulas, medications or applications to heal. As a matter of fact, He is so powerful that He doesn’t need to be physically present in order to heal. All He needs is our faith, a mere trust in the words of Jesus.
This man’s faith and trust in the words of Jesus, not only affected his own relationship to Christ, but also healed his son and affected his entire household. Our faith shapes the world around us; it makes a dynamic difference to those around us. Our personal trust in Jesus’ words has the power to change our lives and the lives around us, today and forever.
Dear Lord, help me to live according to Your words, and not by my own desire and agenda. May I live by Your will and Your way. Amen.
Dialog discuss: Do you agree with Mother Teresa? Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, where quite a few die of hunger…Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today – abortion which brings people to such blindness. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1994