John Lesson 6 Day 5

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John Lesson 6 Day 5

Study of John 4:43-54

Jesus heals a nobleman’s son.

12. Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth.

Even though Jesus did not expect to be honored in the place where He grew up, the Galileans “welcomed Him and took Him to their hearts eagerly” (AMPC) perhaps because they saw all that He did during the Feast in Jerusalem.

  • He turned over the merchant’s tables in the temple’s outer courts. (John 2:13-27)
  • Performed many other unspecified signs during the Passover feast. Many believed in Him when they saw the signs He did. (John 2:24)

Jesus also returned to Cana of Galilee, the place He miraculously turned water into wine.

But because the people of Galilee were familiar with Jesus before He revealed His divine identity, they did not honor Him the way they should. Their enthusiasm was based on the signs and wonders they saw, not because they believed He was the Christ, the Savior of the world.

Matthew 13:53-57 Goes into more detail about how the people reacted to Jesus. When Jesus taught in their synagogue, they were so astonished and asked, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary?” It goes on to list the names of Jesus’ four brothers and mentions “all his sisters.”

“And they took offense at him.” That is why Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” Matthew 13:57 ESV

13. a. The official’s request

The royal official was a “king’s courtier.” His “son was sick with a chronic ailment.” (Wuest)

He was a Roman aristocrat, not a Jew. When He heard that Jesus had come into Galilee, he set aside his ego and prejudice to approach Jesus for help. He begged Jesus saying, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” John 4:49 ESV

“Some people have reasoned that this was Chuza, Herod’s steward, since he is mentioned in Luke 8:3, but there is no way to prove or disprove that.” (Andrew Wommack)

The royal official must have heard reports about the miracles Jesus performed in Jerusalem. He begged and pleaded with Jesus to come and heal his son. This was an act of faith (James 2:20) and desperation. However. . .

b. Jesus’ responds

Jesus knew that the man would not truly believe in Him unless he saw a miracle with his own eyes. When Jesus brought this unbelief to his attention, the man pleaded with Him again. Then Jesus pronounced the boy healed. The man acted in faith by going home alone to see. His son was healed at the very hour Jesus sent His word.

Jesus sees the hearts of unbelievers. He knows who will humble themselves in the face of an insurmountable crisis.

14. This verse comes to mind:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

  • We act on our faith by telling Jesus what we need.
  • Jesus sees our heart and helps our unbelief.
  • He makes use of moments like this to teach us.
  • Jesus is willing and able to answer our requests.

15. Growing in faith

Growing in faith is spiritual maturity. It requires cooperation and diligence on my part.

His Word is full of reminders to keep my mind on Him.

He reminds me and convicts me when I get sidetracked, which is often.

Day 6 Review of John 4:31-54

16.  Lesson 6 Review

  • Jesus had a divine appointment. He chose to go to Samaria.
  • The Samaritan woman wasn’t trying to change the subject when she asked Jesus about the proper place to worship. I believe the question revealed her burning desire for a relationship with God.
  • Jesus helped the nobleman overcome his unbelief.

Prayer-

Heavenly Father, I believe. Jesus, help my unbelief. Amen


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 6 Day 5 Day 6 ~  Study of John 4:31-54