Faith Closes the Social Distance Gap

The school bell has rung, class is now in session.

I would like to tell a story that took place between ca.A.D. 80-90 about how social distance cannot stop God.

It all began in a place called Cana in Galilee.

A certain nobleman from Capernaum sought Jesus out, after hearing that he had come back from Judea to Galilee. He was eager to ask Jesus if he would be willing to heal his son, because he was sick unto death.

Check out this correspondence between him and Jesus (John 4: 48-50)

48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you[a] see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” 

I read this passage in the Matthew Henry Commentary and it said that Jesus was slightly annoyed when he said, “unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” People were constantly going to Him because of what they wanted from Him, not because of Who He was.

What I love is how relentless the nobleman was, he pressed through pleading, “Sir, please come before my child dies.”

FYI: Cana was 16.5 miles from Capernaum, it would have taken Jesus, 5.5 hours one way at a relaxed pace, and 4 hours and 10 minutes at a normal pace.

Instead of walking, Jesus said, “Go; your son will live.”

Here is the good part

The nobleman believed the words that Jesus told him and went on his way. When he decided to make the 16.5-mile trek back home, his servants eventually met him along the way to tell him that his son was recovering!

The nobleman asked them the hour he began to get better, and they responded that it was yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. Instantly the nobleman knew that was the exact hour Jesus told him, “your son will live.” He and his household became Believers of Christ.

This was the second sign Jesus did when had come from Judea to Galilee.

What is it that you need? Are you willing to press your way through in order to seek answers from Christ? In a time when social distancing is a hot topic, it is comforting to know that nothing is impossible for God. He spoke a Word and it worked instantaneously. He is not hindered by social distance.

The school bell has rung, class dismissed.

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