Scriptural Surgery: The Miraculous
Today’s post deals with the miraculous. The bible depicts various examples concerning how people were healed, or delivered from one affliction or the other. Naaman followed the counsel of God’s prophet and was healed of His leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14 ), the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched Jesus and virtue left Him (Luke 8:43-48 ). There have been cases where people were healed by God’s power being upon kerchiefs (Luke 8:43-48), or upon a person’s shadow, (Acts 5:15-16),or through looking at a bronze serpent erected on a pole (Numbers 21:8). The bible has countless examples. Too numerous for me to name in this post.
Today we will look at deliverance through the word of God. Our focus will be on John 4:43-54, which reads as follows:
(43) After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honour in his own country). (45) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there. (46) Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. (47) When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. (48) “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” (49) The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies”. (50) “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”The man took Jesus at his word and departed. (51) While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. (52) When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” (53) Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed. (54 )This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.
When Jesus spoke the word, it went out with power. His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). The life that was required to preserve the life of the child went out as soon as Jesus spoke. It was activated by the man’s faith. We see here that the man took Jesus at His word. He did not beg Jesus to accompany Him home, after being told that all was well. If Jesus said that the child was healed, as far as He was concerned, healing had occurred.
The bible reminds us that without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The faith was the special activating factor. He asked, believed and received from God. Always remember that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Faith required God’s directed action. This man’s work was going home in peace, believing. He was told to go home and that’s what he did. We must always act in belief after we make our request known unto God. Sometimes we may be tempted to talk about the situations that we may be facing. Nothing is wrong with seeking good advice from others, but there is the danger that excessive talking can lead to complacency. Murmuring against God is dangerous (Numbers 11:1). It is far better to ask, believe and start your thanks giving unto God as if you have what you’ve asked for. I’m not saying that you ignore your situation, but rather that you put your focus on your God and His miraculous ability. Magnify Him and not the problem.
From this we can see, that as far as miracles are concerned, all it takes is just one word. It is our responsibility to take that word as truth and run with it. The miracle occurs as the word goes out and faith is applied.
THE WORD (Spirit and Life)
MAN’S FAITH (Essence of things hoped for, Evidence of things not seen)