“Sir, Come Now Before My Child Dies!”

Jesus said in [John 4:48] “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” This statement was made to a nobleman who came to Jesus seeking help in behalf of his young son who was lying at home dying. [John 4:46-54] “So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman (a royal official) whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the Word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”
 
The statement Jesus made to the nobleman is further explained in [Luke 18:18-25] “Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments; Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he (the rich young ruler) became very sorrowful. Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
 
The nobleman and the rich man had different views of their possessions. The wealth of the nobleman was not all that important to him; but to the rich young ruler his wealth meant everything; power, position, etc. Jesus didn’t have a problem with either of the two people having wealth, but He did have a problem with how people view their wealth. Jesus doesn’t have a problem with people coming to Him to have their needs met, but He doesn’t want our needs or the thing we desire of Him to be the motivating factor for following Him. His desire is that we follow Him becasue of WHO HE IS, not just because HE MEETS OUR NEEDS. Jesus went on to say this in [Matthew 6:24] “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (riches)” As we see in the story of the nobleman, people can have money without money having them. The nobleman had no problem whatsoever in searching for Jesus to help his son because he knew the power to meet the needs of his dying son was not in his money, but in the Lord God. So his trust was in the Lord, not his bank balance. As a result of his faith and diligence in his search for the Lord, his son lived; and he and his household became believers. But in the case of the rich young ruler, the first statement Jesus made to him was, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God.” Thus he pointed out to the man, he wanted to be assured of eternal life but at the same time, he wanted to keep control of his riches. It wasn’t that Jesus wanted to take away the young man’s wealth, He was simply pointing out to him there can only be one God in a person’s life and at the present time the young man’s trust was in his wealth which was separating him from the assurance of the eternal life he hoped to receive from Jesus. Hence the saying, “No man can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and mammon.” We are either serving one or the other, we cannot serve both at the same time. God is a jealous God. Meaning we cannot serve Him with our whole heart while we hope to hang on to the other. It doesn’t work that way. God, is God, and He will not settle for our hearts and minds being divided over who we are going to serve. There is no middle ground in our service to the Lord. We are either serving Him with our whole heart, or we aren’t serving Him at all. If He is not first in our life, we have replaced Him with something else, and that something else, will keep us from receiving the true blessings of eternal life God wants to bestow upon us. DThrash
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