TEXT: John 4:43-54,
IN A NUTSHELL: Sometimes we are challenged to “take what we can get” from our requests to God. We are limited in what we can see. Realistically it is hard to see something more critical than a dying son, but Jesus calls us to view our crisis from heaven’s perspective. Then and only then does faith, sin, repentance and hope come into full focus! We must live life taking Jesus at His word.
- Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.
- The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
- It’s one thing to say you believe, something different to “go on your way.”
- Do you want to see signs or do you long to believe in Jesus?
- Do you take Jesus at His word or expect Jesus to take you at your word?
HIS LIGHT AND LIFE
Where did Jesus spend the “two days” according to Jn. 4:42-42?
What had some of those Jesus were speaking to seen in Jerusalem at the feast? (Jn. 2:13-23; 3:26; 4:1)
Where was Jesus’ home town? (Lk. 4:16) So he is now going to perform his second miracle (Jn. 4:46-48)
Does Jesus’ response to the Nobleman’s request seem a little short, or maybe even “snarky”? Sort out the intentions and the emotion of both Jesus and the Nobleman surrounding this event. (Jn. 4:1-4; 43-49)
Why do you think the Nobleman “did the math” concerning his son’s healing?
How hard do you think it would have been to leave Jesus just “believing” that it would have been done as he described?
HIS LIGHT IN MY LIFE
Have you ever had to just trust that God will work it out without any real assurance?
Can you look back on any situation in your life that you would say was significant in helping you believe?
Trying to look at your life from God’s view would you say some spiritual need is in your life that is more important than a sensational sign to create faith in your life?
How would you say the “waiting to see God work” is different from the time of looking back and rejoicing for His unquestionable work?
OBJECTIVES: To get the worshipper to look at their life from God’s perspective; the need for faith without a demand for signs.
OUTCOMES: The worshipper will be challenged to look at his/her life from God’s view, God’s concern rather than our earthly needs. This is not easy… a dying son is no trivial issue!