Summary: Looking at Jesus' encounter with the official and how the official exhibited true faith.
1) Official faith pursues (vs. 43-47). Vs 45 “The Galileans welcomed him”. The reason they welcomed him was because they wanted to see Jesus perform more of the miracles they had seen in Jerusalem. Soren Kierkegaard, the famous Christian existentialist philosopher, said, “There exists a paradox between reason and faith. Reason can bring us to the edge of faith--but ultimately, religion defies human logic and requires that we take a ‘leap of faith’ as we commit ourselves to Christ. Signs and wonders appeal to our reasoning. But belief is not a product of reason--it is a product of faith”. Vs. 46 “royal official”. He was probably an officer in King Herod’s service who was overseeing that area of Galilee in some capacity. Vs. 47-“he went to him”. This nobleman walked some 20 miles from his home in Capernaum to Cana where Jesus was. Sometimes we think things should come easy for us; we think that when we pray God should just instantaneously give it to us. Sometimes he does but there are other times when we need to put forth some effort. When God moves us to be an active participant in the answering of prayer it will be an opportunity to see how serious we are; to determine how important it is to us. God already knows but we need to know. This is for our benefit. If everything is just handed to us we don’t develop gratitude; instead we become spoiled and expectant. We see that his trouble led him to seek out Jesus. It can be that way with us. So often it’s when hardship comes upon us that we seek Jesus. There was a purpose for God allowing this official’s son to fall this ill-it led the official to seek Jesus. So it is with us. When God allows hardship to fall upon us it’s always for the purpose of us seeking him. Vs. 47-‘he begged him to come’. As an officer, he would have had authority over Jesus, but here we see this authoritative figure humbly coming to the “commoner” Jesus seeking his help. His humility showed his recognition that he couldn’t fix this himself and it showed that he thought Jesus could. Normally, this official could’ve ordered anyone under him to do anything he wanted. He probably had all the best doctors attending his son without remedy. He was now faced with a situation where he couldn’t order anything to be done. He was faced with a situation where the solution was outside of his control. No matter who he went to and no matter what he tried his son was not getting better. He was put in a humbling situation. He was being humbled to go to someone who technically would be “under” him; not to give an order but to make a plea. We need that same humility. We think we can fix things ourselves and we’re wrong. God will allow us to be in situations where the solution will be outside of our control; where nothing nor no one will be able to fix it; so that we would be humble and seek Jesus. Official faith pursues Jesus.