Summary: Jesus Heals the Officials Son – John chapter 4 verses 43-54 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). The beginnings of faith (vs 46).
(2). The approach of faith (vs 47).
(3). The rebuke of faith (vs 48).
(4). The rewards of faith (vs 50).
(5). The confirmation of faith (vs 51-53)
(6). The spread of faith (vs 53b)
Genuine ads that were found in newspapers and other publications:
• “Free puppies! Half cocker spaniel - half sneaky neighbour's dog.”
• “Dog for sale! Eats everything and is fond of children.”
• “Complete Encyclopaedia Britannica - 45 volumes, excellent condition, £300 or best offer.
• No longer needed - got married last weekend - wife knows everything!“
• I like the American ad that read:
• “Used tombstone perfect for someone called Homer HendelBergen-Heinze. One only”
• “Lost dog! Blind in one eye, missing right ear, tail missing, recently castrated.
• Answers to name of ‘Lucky!’”
• In the for sale section of a local newspaper, was an advert saying;.
• ‘Dog for sale, it eats anything and is fond of children’.
• Now think about that last advert for a moment;
• And realize all that this sign is potentially saying;
• It has a twofold meaning.
• Is it saying that the dog eats anything and is especially fond of eating children?
• Or is it saying that the dog eats anything and is good with children?
• The sign has two meanings;
• The real meaning and a hidden meaning.
• In a similar (but less humorous) way,
• John in his gospel;
• Wants his readers to examine the miracles of Jesus and see what it is really saying.
• There is a deeper meaning;
• Than the obvious fact Jesus healed a boy in need.
Note: At the end of John’s gospel (chapter 20 verses 30-31):
30”Jesus' disciples saw him do many other miraculous signs besides the ones recorded in this book.
31But these are written (that is the 7 miracles recorded in this gospel) so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life”.
When John wrote his gospel:
• He deliberately picked out 7 miracles, 7 signs that Jesus performed.
• The ‘signs’ were real miracles which helped real people.
• But they were also far more than just ‘signs’.
• I think the word ‘signposts’ is better.
• These 7 miracles, signposts are intended us to see beyond the miracle;
• And to look at the one who was performing them.
• So John recorded these ‘signs’ as evidence;
• He wants to show to us who Jesus was and is; more than just a man – the Son of God!
• The first sign, the first miracle that Jesus performed;
• Is found John chapter 2 and involves a wedding.
• Jesus turns water in wine and demonstrates his power of nature.
• In this second miracle that John records in his gospel;
• Jesus will heal a person who is 20 miles away;