To read the texts click on the texts: Isa65:17-21; Jn 4:43-54
The healing of the royal
official’s son (4:46-54) which is part of our text today begins after the
dialogue with the Samaritan woman (4:1-42). The first two verses of today’s
text (-45) serve as an
interlude between the two stories. John uses the saying of the prophet having
no honour in his own country, to show why Jesus came to
The first verse of the
miracle story that follows is an introduction narrating the case. The son of a
royal official is ill in
The attestation of the miracle is provided by the servants of the official who meet him when he is still on his way to his home. The official on further enquiry realizes that Jesus is the one who has performed the healing and is led to faith. The man now believes in Jesus, not only in Jesus’ word.
At the end of the miracle
John remarks that this was then second sign that Jesus worked after coming to
Sickness and brokenness are very much visible in our world today and most are in need of some form of healing or another. At times doctors are not able to diagnose an illness and at other times when they are and perform a complicated operation, ask the patient and family members to pray and have faith. There is only so much that they can do, the rest is in God’s hands. The official in the story had probably gone to Jesus as a last resort (his son was not merely ill but at the point of death) after having explored and exhausted all other avenues. He is single minded in his purpose and will let nothing deter him. He believes and perseveres. His faith gains for him not only his son’s life but also the gift of faith in Jesus.
This means that faith cannot be based on external signs alone and remain at that level. If it is and does, then one will look at Jesus as a mere miracle worker. The focus here would be only on the actions of Jesus and not on his person from which his actions flow. If one is able to go beyond the action to the person of Jesus, then one will also be able to see who God is: God with us, for us and in us.