John, The Love of God
What impresses us most? Is it the good favors of others toward us? Is it a good deed done? Is it kindness expressed when we least expect it? Is the blessings that we have?
What impresses us about other people? Is it how they behave toward us? Is it what they have accomplished in life? Is it their wisdom and attitude? Is it the one who has the most technology toys? Is it people with great possessions?
Now consider WHO impresses us most. Is it a boss, a family member, a coworker, or somebody at church? Since we brought up church, are we impressed with Jesus? Why are we impressed? Here is the danger in this line of thinking, are we merely impressed with Jesus because of what He has done as Savior but hold back with our impression of WHO He is as Lord?
Our world isn’t any different in impressions as the world Jesus walked. In our story, He traveled back to his home turf. Jesus knew from experience that the hometown folks would not respect him. “They were impressed with what he had done in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, not that they really had a clue about who he was or what he was up to.”
Question for today: Are we merely impressed with what Jesus does for us and teaches us? Do we realize WHO He is?
To be merely impressed with Jesus as Savior but not as Lord, King of kings, Son of God, Messiah and The One who is coming back again to claim His own, is shallow, dangerous living. When others talk about Him, can we say, “I know Him as my Savior and I follow Him as my Lord.”? There are many who attend churches across the country who are merely impressed with Jesus and His good works but still don’t know Who He is. Yikes!
In our passage that packs a punch, Jesus is approached by an important man in the community whose son is dying. He asks Jesus for help. Jesus wonders if this is just another person who is impressed with good acts and miracles or who really knows who Jesus is. Jesus “puts him off”. He says, “Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe.” They man revealed his faith. Because the man believed the mere word of Jesus, his son was healed. There is more than just impression by the man, he believes that Jesus is WHO He said He is. There is the difference.
Questions repeated for thought: Are we merely impressed with what Jesus taught and the miracles he performed or believe He is who He said He is? Have we thrown all our hope and trust on Him as Savior AND Lord? Do we need a sign before we believe?
John 4, The Message
43-45 After the two days he left for Galilee. Now, Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up. So when he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, but only because they were impressed with what he had done in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, not that they really had a clue about who he was or what he was up to.
46-48 Now he was back in Cana of Galilee, the place where he made the water into wine. Meanwhile in Capernaum, there was a certain official from the king’s court whose son was sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and asked that he come down and heal his son, who was on the brink of death. Jesus put him off: “Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe.”
49 But the court official wouldn’t be put off. “Come down! It’s life or death for my son.”
50-51 Jesus simply replied, “Go home. Your son lives.”
The man believed the bare word Jesus spoke and headed home. On his way back, his servants intercepted him and announced, “Your son lives!”
52-53 He asked them what time he began to get better. They said, “The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one o’clock.” The father knew that that was the very moment Jesus had said, “Your son lives.”
53-54 That clinched it. Not only he but his entire household believed. This was now the second sign Jesus gave after having come from Judea into Galilee.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I love you, Lord, with all my heart, mind and soul. I may have been first impressed with what You did as I learned about you as a child, but now I believe in who you are as Lord. I believe You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. I believe you are everything to me. I believe nothing is impossible with You. Nothing is too hard for you. You are God and i am not. I will follow you all the rest of my days. Thank you for loving me and never letting go of that love. Love, that’s Who you are.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10