What would you do to save the life of your dying child?
A man lived at the northern tip of the sea. His son was dying. Then he heard about someone new who was doing great things, even miraculous things. Could this mysterious man save my son, he wondered.
He decided to take a chance. He would go see this man and ask him to save his son. He traveled with no guarantee that the man would be at his destination. Even if he did find him, there were no assurances that he actually could cure his son.
This man, a royal officer, left his servants behind and traveled from his home in Capernaum to Cana in Galilee. This was a journey of over twenty miles walking through the harsh desert for one chance to save his son.
Somehow he found the man of intrigue in Cana. He went up to him and begged him to cure his son. “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe,” the man replied. The official asked one more time to save his child.
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” (John 4:50)
What did the official do then?
“The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” (John 4:50)
So he traveled back home—another twenty miles—possessing only the promise of this man, Jesus, that his son would live.
What would you do to save your dying child? Would you walk the desert for forty miles? Why, once you found the person you were looking for after a treacherous journey, would you merely accept the statement, “your son will live,” and depart?
Because it was his only chance.
On the return trip home, the official’s servants greeted him with the news that his son was cured. They said the fever had lifted early the previous afternoon. The man realized that was the exact moment when he had asked Jesus to cure his son.
The royal official’s son was saved and the man came to believe in Jesus as his Savior.
All because he decided to take a chance on Jesus—the chance of a lifetime.
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