TEXT: John 4:43-50
43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 43.
Charles Spurgeon said, “The gospel which they so greatly needed they would not have; the miracles which Jesus did not always choose to give, they eagerly demanded.”
After Jesus left the Samaritan village, we are informed that Jesus returns to Galilee. Now, Jesus and most of His disciples were from the Galilee region. The text tells us that the reason why Jesus went there is because “Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.” Seeing that Jesus was from Galilee, some scholars have surmised that Jesus was trying to get away from the notoriety He received in other locations, so He went back to a place where He knew people did not think much of Him at the time.
Other Galileans were familiar with Jesus and the work that He was doing. They knew about Jesus cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem; many of them had been there. Thus we read, “the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.” They only received Jesus because of His works. Henry Morris said, “The enthusiasm of the Galileans was not soundly based. It was dependent on the wonders arising from their sight of the signs, not on a realization that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Their very acceptance of Him was thus in its way a rejection. They gave Him honor of a sort, but it was not the honor that was due to Him.”
Other scholars have stated that the reason Jesus had left Galilee to go into Judea in the first place was in an attempt to open the eyes of the Galileans to His message. The idea is that once the Galileans heard of how Jesus was being received by those in Judea, Samaria, and other places, they would begin to take notice of Jesus, and not just pass Him off as “the carpenter’s son.” Either way, Jesus returns to Galilee and is received by the Galileans who had previously not given Him the respect and proper hearing that He deserved.
We must be careful not to be like the Galileans and only accept Jesus because of the great works that He has done and the miracles that He performs. God did not send Jesus just to give things to us and meet our physical, temporal needs. He sent Jesus to save us. As someone once said, “The reality of loving God is loving him like he’s a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff.”
Once in Galilee, Jesus returns to the city of Cana where He worked His first miracle — the turning of water into wine. And, as He is there, we are told that “there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.” The word nobleman literally means, “royal person.” It is likely that this man worked for Herod’s government. Capernaum was 20 miles away from Cana, but we are told that when this nobleman “heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.”
The nobleman had a serious problem that neither his riches nor his status could resolve. He had a sick child who was near unto death. If you are a parent who has had a sick child, you know how this man felt. This man makes his request of Jesus, and Jesus responds to him by saying, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” Jesus took this crucial moment to rebuke the Galileans for their desire to see signs and wonders, not necessarily the father. They liked Jesus because of His miracles. They wanted Jesus to awe them with displays of His power.
However, miracles, signs, and wonders cannot be the basis of our belief in Jesus. They can certainly have an effect on a person who doubts the veracity of God’s Word, but acknowledging the miraculous acts of God cannot save us. Henry Alford said, ‘These words imply the contrast between the Samaritans, who believed because of His word, and the Galileans who would not believe but through signs and wonders.’ Believing in Jesus because of His miracles, because of what He does for us, is not sufficient; the devil can also deceive people with miracles (or “lying wonders”). Our faith and confidence can only rest in Jesus’ words.
I encourage you today to not look to Jesus because of what you think He can do for you personally. Believe in Him because of who He is and what He has already done for everybody. And, the most important thing that Jesus did while on this Earth is die on the cross for your sins. That wasn’t a miracle; it was death, pure and simple — a bloody, agonizing and brutal matter. Yet, it is by His death that Jesus Christ paid for our sins and by His resurrection that He secured eternal life and a relationship with God for us. Would you like to believe on Jesus Christ right now for your soul’s salvation? If so, allow me to show you how:
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.