This royal official was probably an officer in Herod’s service. He had walked 20 miles to see Jesus and addressed him as “Sir,” putting himself under Jesus even though he had legal authority over Jesus. This miracle was more than a favor to one official; it was a sign to all the people. John’s Gospel was written to all mankind to urge faith in Christ. Here’s a government official who had faith that Jesus could do what he claimed. The official believed; then he saw a miraculous sign.
This government official not only believed Jesus could heal; he also obeyed Jesus by returning home, thus demonstrating his faith. It isn’t enough for us to say we believe that Jesus can take care of our problems. We need to act as if he can. When you pray about a need or problem, live as though you believe Jesus can do what he says.
We, as the body of Christ should be living our lives not only believing in God’s word, but demonstrating our belief through faithful living to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches, “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
Sinclair, we should be encouraged to participate in “CONVICTION: FROM BELIEF TO BEHAVIOR.” The words of Jesus are prevalent today, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) Remember, you have not truly witnessed the “East Texas Experience” until you have worshipped at the Sinclair Church of Christ!
Your Brother in Christ,