The unusual enemies of your faith
John 4: 43-54
After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honour in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there. 46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. 48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” 49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed. 54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.”
It is a strange thing that knowing Jesus and longing for Him to move can end up being enemies of our faith.
Jesus spent two days in Sychar and because of what he was teaching them many believed, v40-42.
At 1pm in Cana a certain royal official chose to believe the words of Jesus that his son would live, he acted on that and it ended wonderfully. His son was healed and he and his household became believers.
It is important to John that we see Jesus as the Word of God, “In the beginning was the Word”. It is the Word that makes believers. Hear and believe.
There are many enemies against the Word. The ones that seem to appear the most are still with us today and it is not the dark forces that we may assume. They are:
- “Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honour in his own country”
Jesus left Galilee as a carpenter and returned as a rabbi with disciples following.
There had been a significant development in his life. But that could not be said of his home region.
Some people never want you to progress. They want to keep you just exactly where you were even many years ago. Familiarity breeds contempt. “We know you. And we can get offended by you if you don’t act the way you should in our eyes.”
2 v 23 “Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.” Here in V45 “… the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.”
Jesus, back in Cana knew that some people will only believe if they see the miracles. “What’s in it for me? Change my circumstances and I will believe.” Their Jesus is important for what He does and not what He says.
Your faith has enemies and they are closer than you think.