Summary: Exegetical, evangelistic , expository look at how people come to faith in Christ; how do people really get saved?
How is it that people can be saved? How do they get the vital faith to believe in Jesus as their Savior? Here is how one man & his family were saved. He was an official in the court of Herod.
1) He came to Jesus the Miracle Worker: Word of Jesus’ miracles in Jerusalem came to Cana and Capernaum. What he did to “them” would please “us.”
· The crowd was happy that Jesus had “given it to ‘em” when he cleansed the Temple; and they deserved every lick of Jesus’ whip! “Sic’em Jesus!” But "No prophet shall arise from Nazareth …."
· Jesus had done mighty works in Jerusalem and Judea.
· This official came 20 miles from Capernaum to Cana to get Jesus to come heal his son. Hear the desperate cry of the father. But, this is not yet saving faith.
· This official swallowed his pride. The first criterion to be saved is to see your desperate need. Do you have a critical need for Jesus? If not, you will never be saved.
2) He refused to be discouraged: Why would Jesus deter this desperate father? It was a test of faith.
· “Sir, come down before my son dies.” The man did not understand the power of Jesus, His omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, or His transcendence.
· People are not saved by signs and wonders, but by faith. “You just will not believe without signs and wonders.” What does God have to do to get your attention? Do you really want God to get your attention? Are you sure?
3) He had faith to believe Jesus: “Go; your son lives.”
· Jesus did not come as asked. Not yet saving faith, but he was willing to act on Jesus’ word. Are you willing to act on Jesus’ word?
· Have you acted in faith on what Jesus has said? When he saw the truth of Jesus’ words, he believed in Jesus as his personal Messiah, as Savior. This is the very core of saving faith.
4) He surrendered to the claims of Christ Jesus: He came with a dire need. He asked a risky favor. He believed in spite of not getting his request.
INVITATION: Will you believe? What does God have to do to get your attention?