The Great Power of Yeshua

I apologize for the last post. This past weekend was the annual Jazz Fest in my hometown. My wife and I took a much-needed break for the weekend and enjoyed the perfect weather for Jazz in the park!

The Great Power of Yeshua

Home Church Service 6/18/2022

Life & Light Community Church began in the early months of 2020. What began as an opportunity for me, my wife and step-kids to continue to worship together, has now evolved into a ministry that has expanded to include close friends, family and those who are simply hungry for the word of God. You can find us on Facebook, so please, feel free to reach out and join us.

When our small group meets for worship, we like to discuss what we are learning, in the moment. Sometimes that happens right after the message and at other times we will address something during the message. These messages are designed to be interactive, discussing what we are learning right after I have addressed each point of the message. You will find the questions at the end of each section. In most formats they will appear in bold. Use these questions as a guide to meditate on the points being discussed. Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and above all, be honest with yourself and the Holy Spirit. After all, He knows any way!

“Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.” The royal official said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off. As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed and his whole household. This is again a second sign that Jesus performed when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

                                                                                 John 4:46–54 (NASB95)

The end of John chapter 4 brings us “full-circle” with what began in chapter 2 of John – the beginning of the public ministry of Yeshua. It is in chapter 2 where we find Yeshua and His disciples at a wedding in Cana. We find that Mary, the mother of Yeshua is also at the wedding but in some sort of formal capacity. It is Mary who comes to Yeshua with the news that the wedding couple has run out of wine, a disaster of epic proportions, if indeed, it is made known. Leaving the servants with instructions to do whatever Yeshua says, Mary turns and leaves the matter in the hands of her son, trusting He will do the right thing. Yeshua not only provides the needed wine, He provides the best wine of the wedding.

Now, at the end of chapter 4, after our study of the Samaritan woman at the well, we once again find Yeshua returning to walk in Galilee, and eventually into Cana where, John reminds us, Yeshua turned water into wine. Yeshua has prophesied that a prophet has no honor in his own country, so Yeshua avoids walking in Judea and instead returns to Cana where He will meet a royal official who will see The Great Power of Yeshua in the second signed performed in Cana.

Jesus returns to Cana where He meets a royal official, a man with power over the people. His son is near death as he asked Jesus to come down and heal his son. In a display of The Great Power of Yeshua, Jesus tells the man to go, for his son will live. The royal official receives confirmation when his slaves meet him as he returns home, the healing taking place at the exact hour Jesus spoke the words. The man and his household believed because of the second sign performed in Cana.

Yeshua meets a royal official while in Cana. The son of this man is dying as the father seeks healing from Yeshua. While the royal official has power over people, in a display of The Great Power of Yeshua, Yeshua proves He has power over life and death, healing the official’s son. When he received word his son lives, the man and his household believe at this, the second sign performed in Cana.

In this message we seek to answer the question, “What is the importance of The Great Power of Yeshua?”

The Great Power of Yeshua has power over life and death – and to turn unbelief into belief!

1). The Great Power of Yeshua brings healing in our most desperate hour.

Desperate times call for desperate measures – especially when a loved one is involved.

When Yeshua enters Cana, He is met by a man that John describes as a “royal official.” He has come from Capernaum where his son is sick and near the point of death. Knowing this royal official is from Capernaum helps us identify several other things about him. Being from Capernaum means he is likely a part of the court of Herod Antipas. He has a position that affords him some power over the people of his district and has most likely accumulated some wealth, including slaves as we see in verse 51, and he has a family as indicated by the son who is sick and near the point of death. None of this is a stretch of the imagination but a simple observance of the evidence within the text.

This royal official comes seeking Yeshua, because there are simply some things, he cannot do no matter his status or wealth. He comes seeking healing for his sick son because he has no power over disease or illness. He comes seeking healing for his son because he has no power over the imminent death of his son. He comes seeking healing because his money cannot buy a cure for his son. He comes seeking healing because his money cannot and will not save the life of his son. He comes seeking healing because his status as a royal official does not make his family immune from disease, illness, or death. He comes seeking healing because his status cannot and will not save his sons life. This is a desperate father ready to take desperate measures.

Yeshua will speak two short sentences, comprised of sixteen words, that will turn this royal official’s life upside down! Yeshua first speaks a rebuke. “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.” But this does not deter the man, a father who is desperate to save the life of his son. In our English translation it looks as if the man is simply making his request again, but in reality, the man is begging Yeshua to come to the aid of his son. Verse 47 indicates the man was “imploring” Yeshua to come down and save his son. However, this is much more than an urgent request, though there is certainly some urgency in the request itself. This father, this desperate father, needs action now!

This man comes seeking Yeshua because he knows Yeshua has the power to save his sons life! In fact, Yeshua has power over all things! The next four words spoken by Yeshua change everything, “Go; your son lives.” Yeshua did not pray for the man or his son, He simply commanded the man to go. Yeshua never claimed to heal the son, He simply said your son lives. In that very moment, when Yeshua spoke the words, Yeshua proved He has power over illness. The fever left the son the moment He spoke. Yeshua proved He has power over life and death. A son near death now lives. Yeshua proves He has the power to heal, not just heal, but heal through His spoken word. The fever is gone, completely and absolutely gone, the son lives, and the slaves of this official are witnesses to the healing. The spoken word of Yeshua brings results.

As Christ followers today, we are facing a time of unprecedented inflationary growth, illnesses of all kinds, shortages of everything including food, a rapidly increasing cost of living where everything is costing more – food, rent, gas, medications, utilities, and the list goes on and on. Many people are nearing a state, or may have already entered a state, of desperation. We are quickly coming to a time when people will need to choose between paying rent or buying groceries; they may have to consider choosing to put gas in their vehicle to go to work or consider leaving that work to find something closer to home; some will need to choose between groceries and medication. Desperate times indeed require desperate measures.

And yet, as students of the Scriptures, we should not be surprised by any of this, for the word of God warns us these things must come, they must take place. As Christ followers, we know the power of Yeshua in our lives, we have seen how He can turn a life upside down and turn it around. We have seen how He can and does provide for those who call Him Lord, though we may not understand how it happens, we have learned to trust Him in all things. Still, even though we love and trust Yeshua, we still have needs He is ready and willing to meet, if we but come to Him and ask. These times are not meant to drive us to desperate measures, they are meant to make us desperate to know to know more and more of Yeshua and His great power!

Questions for discussion/reflection:

Are you desperate for Yeshua only when things go wrong or get tough?

When was the last time a personal matter drove you to desperation? Did you seek Yeshua during this time? If so, how? If not, why?

Do you see a desperation to see others come to Yeshua? If so, what are you doing about it? If not, why?

The Great Power of Yeshua has power over life and death – and to turn unbelief into belief!

2). The Great Power of Yeshua brings obedience and faith when we simply believe.

We walk by faith, not sight – so we must first believe before we can see!

Two sentences and sixteen words that bring obedience, healing, and faith. Those sentences and those words began with a rebuke for misplaced faith. Remember, we are in Cana where Yeshua turned water to wine and began His earthly ministry. People from the area were present at the feast in Jerusalem and saw what Yeshua did there. They are ready to accept Yeshua as a miracle worker and this royal official seems to be in the same camp. But this rebuke caused this man to double down on his request – he begged Yeshua to come down and heal his son. This is a man who had no hope, or at least very little, when he arrived in Cana. Hearing that Yeshua had arrived must have bolstered his hope to some degree. He seeks healing for his son, a desperate measure for a man desperate to save his son.

The first word following the rebuke was a command – go, basically telling the man to return home. Had Yeshua stopped there, I can only imagine how this father might have felt. His only chance at saving his son gone – he was simply told to return. The father came on his own, seeking the One he knew could help his son and the first words he hears are a rebuke followed by the command to go! But it is the final three words that capture the man’s attention the most – “your son lives.” With these three simple words a healing has occurred, a son lives! John tells us the man believed the words spoken by Yeshua and started off. Can you imagine the effort this father must have made NOT to ask Yeshua if He really meant his son would live?

Two sentences, sixteen words that brought obedience, healing, and faith. The father heard the rebuke of Yeshua but continued to seek help for his ailing son. It would have been easy at this point to simply give up and get out of the way. This royal official had power, he had money, he had status, he could have sought another solution to his issue. Instead, he begged Yeshua to come down and save his son. Yeshua spoke again, “Go; your son lives,” and he believed. The man did not ask for another sign, he believed the words spoken to him by Yeshua. This royal official had heard of Yeshua, he had some form of faith and at least a bit of trust in Yeshua, for he does not hesitate – he believed. What did he believe? John tells us, “The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him…”

All it took was the word spoken by Yeshua and the man believed. He believed Yeshua had the power to speak the word of healing to save the life of his son. He believed that Yeshua had the power over illness and disease. He believed that Yeshua had power over life and death. He believed his son would live. The man started off according to John. He did not question anything but simply turned and started for home. He obeyed the command of Yeshua to go. Where was he going…home, of course, it was time to return and see that his son was indeed alive. On his return trip he meets his salves who confirm his son is alive, the fever left his son the very moment Yeshua spoke the word to this desperate father. He believed and his faith in Yeshua spills over into his entire household, and they too come to faith in Yeshua.

As Christ followers, we have been through much in our journey of faith. We have struggled far more often than we would like to admit. But each struggle has led to a victory and strengthening of faith. Each struggle had burned a few more worldly habits from our flesh to be replaced, hopefully, with a few more Christlike attributes. We have faced our share of desperate times, and I am certain there will be more in the future, but we have done so with faith and trust in the One who has called us and continues to work in each of us as we grow and mature into Christlikeness. 

Though we share some common experiences in our journey of faith, those journeys are still unique to each of us. No two walks of faith are identical. Each of us has come to know Yeshua in a unique way to our personal lives and experiences. He has called us in a fashion that made sense to each of our individual lives. But this we know and share, we believe because we are obedient and have faith, faith in The Great Power of Yeshua to face and defeat anything the enemy might bring against us; faith that informs us and matures us into Christlikeness; faith that deepens with each passing trial, temptation, and test.

Questions for discussion/reflection:

Do you hear Yeshua as He speaks to your need?

Are you being obedient to what you hear? If so, how? If not, why?

Do others see your faith as life changing? If so, how? If not, why?

The Great Power of Yeshua has power over life and death – and to turn unbelief into belief!

You would think, that for the Christ follower today, having faith in Yeshua would be an easy thing. Huh! Not so. We live in an age where everything from our work life, the activities of our children, church activities, cultural and societal opinions pull and twist our faith, questioning the sanity of people who have “blind faith.” It seems our faith is assaulted from all angles and from all sides every moment of the day. Something or someone is vying for our attention, telling us we are silly for believing in someone or something we cannot see. Some days it is all we can do to make it through the day with our faith tattered but intact.

But here’s the thing, our faith is NOT a “blind faith.” True faith, the faith of the Christ follower today, is an informed faith. We are never called to walk by sight, neither are we called to walk blindly. In fact, we are told to test the spirits to see if they are from God. We are told to “see that you are not misled.” We are told to seek wisdom and knowledge. We are told the Father would send us a Helper, and indeed He has, in the form of the Holy Spirit, to guide us into all truth. We are told we will never be forsaken or left alone. We are told that Yeshua will be with us always, even to the end of days! That sounds nothing like a “blind faith” to me.

We live in challenging times to say the least, but we also have The Great Power of Yeshua, power over illness and disease; power over life and death; power to heal; power that raised Yeshua from the grave, and power that turns unbelief into belief. We are not alone, no matter how bad things may appear, Yeshua is with us, His Holy Spirit is here to help us, to lead us into all truth, to remind us of the teachings and commands of Yeshua. We must move from unbelief to belief; we must exercise our faith and strengthen it by reading the Word of God; we exercise our faith by continuing in prayer at all times and for all things; depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct us to the truth of Yeshua. We must have full faith, an informed faith that comes from knowing and trusting Yeshua, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior of the world.

We do all things for the glory of God through Christ our Lord,

Amen and amen.

Next week: John 5:1-17

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