Sunday July 13

This is the 3rd Sunday of the Seven Signs series, and we’ll study the passage in which Jesus heals the official’s son, John 4:46-54.

Jesus, in order to demonstrate that He is God, healed the son of a pleading Roman official. Notice what makes this healing distinct. No touch from Christ; no mud; no looking into his eyes; no speaking with a loud voice. He wasn’t even near the dying boy. Jesus simply told the father to return to his son, for he would live. A word from Jesus is all it took for this official (most likely a Gentile, Roman official) to believe enough to return home – “The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.” It was good for him to draw near Christ that day.

God is near you today, though it may feel that He’s distant. God is near, though things seem chaotic – difficult relationships, loss of a job, financial hardship, health struggles. During hard times Christians can trust “This is for my good” (Rom. 8:28), that is Christlikeness. God is near the Christian, nothing can change that (Rom. 8:31-39).

May those who are God’s proclaim “But for me, it is good to be near God” (Psalm 73:28).