For the Jews first, then Samaria, and then to the ends of the earth. This command was part of the final standing orders left with His followers which still stands today. Yet here in the first selected information about Jesus, we see he already lived out this pattern of order. He went first to the leaders, to the religious hub. His first sign to them that were watching him so closely is water to wine at a Jewish wedding ceremony in Cana of Galilee. After cleaning house in the temple in Jerusalem, and doing and teaching many there, he goes to Samaria and is well received and teaches there. Then He returns to Cana where the second sign is given. This one is a healing for the benefit of a foreigner.
He did these things in front of his own hometown folk. They had high and perhaps selfish expectations. Jesus did not seem to have high expectations. When the official came to Him, he asked for the presence of Jesus thinking it was required for healing. But all that was required was for Jesus to say so.
What does Jesus say? It is so. And we are given explicit proof that convinced this official that it was not by chance nor coincidence but by the declaration Jesus made that his son was healed. So he believed and his entire household also believed. Imagine the change there!
The needed miracle led to the salvation of this family. Jesus knew what it would take for “you people” to believe. He met the need and they believed. That example is for me also.
- What needs hold people back from believing?
- How can I be impactful in meeting a need so salvation can come?
- Is it a word of encouragement?
- Is it a gift of my time?
- My money?
- A letter of intercession?
- What power do I have to meet another’s need?
Jesus did not seek out this person, rather He was sought by them. Who comes to me seeking help? Why me? What have I to offer? Why did they come to me? What is the underlying need and how can I meet that?
Lord, make me wise and discerning to know what the real needs are of those who come to me asking for help. Guide me to respond with what will help them and lead them to trust in You. It was not a trip that was required of You, your entire day did not need to be reordered for him. You need only to say the word and the man left, not even convinced but with hope. Yes, You had healed, but he did not know, he had the hope and left to see. He faced a journey, but his answer came before he even got home. Do I come to Jesus as this man did? Trusting enough in His spoken declaration to return and see?