Read thru New Testament Devotional – May 13, 2017

May 13

 

John 4:31-54

John 4:31-42-After the woman leaves for the village, the disciples encourage Jesus to eat something. He responds that He receives nourishment when He does the will of the Father.  Jesus tells the disciples that there are people everywhere who are ready to receive Him...if the disciples will just have the spiritual eyes to recognize them.  They should quit making excuses and anticipating the work of God to begin sometime in the future.  Already, the work of God has begun and people are coming to Him.  Many of the Samaritans believed in Him.  Initially, they believed because of what the woman told them.  But then, when they heard Jesus, they believed for themselves.  It is interesting that Jesus stayed there for 2 days (:43).

John 4:43-54-Jesus continues His trip to Cana, of Galilee, where He is readily received.  This is where He had performed His first sign. Perhaps the local people recalled this incident and their faith in Him had been stimulated.  Many of these people had also been in Jerusalem for the Passover (cf. 2:13) and seen Him perform miracles there, as well.  A royal official from Capernaum (possibly a servant of Herod, tetrarch of Galilee…Capernaum was a border town and would have had numerous administrative officials there) had a son, who was sick, “at the point of death”.  He came to Jesus and requested that He come to Capernaum and heal him.  Jesus told him to return home, his son was well.  On his way home the official’s servant met him and told him that his son had gotten better the day before at a certain time.  The man realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him that he would be well.  He and his whole household became believers (cf. 48).  John identifies this as the second “sign” that Jesus had performed.

Prayer: Lord, there are many in my family who are not believers.  I pray that You will bring them to Jesus.  Speak to their hearts...do whatever is necessary to gain their attention...and bring them to believe in Jesus.  Please, Lord...I don't want anyone in my family to die without Christ.  Please save them.

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