December 18, 2019: SOAP #3667:  John 2-4 Scripture:  John (NIV) 4:49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus replied, “You may go. 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 […]

December 18, 2019: SOAP #3667:  John 2-4

Scripture:  John (NIV) 4:49 The royal official said,“Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus replied, “Youmay go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boywas living. 52 When he enquired as to the time when his son got better, theysaid to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” 53Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had saidto him, “Your son will live.” So, he and all his household believed.

Observation:  Idoubt if this royal official was present at the wedding in chapter 2, but heacted as though he had heard Mary's word to the servants:  His mother said to the servants, “Dowhatever he tells you.”  

Based only on the word of Jesus, the servants had filled the water pots withwater than took some to the master of the banquet.  He proclaimed it to be the best wine of thebanquet. 

Based only on the word of Jesus, the royal official left Jesus to returnhome. 

Application:   Thesooner I step out and make a decision based only on the word of Jesus, thesooner I will see what Jesus can do.  Butfirst of all, I need to hear His word to me. My relationship needs to be where I can hear and recognize Hisvoice. 

By faithfully reading the Bible, I become familiar with His priorities and Hisways.  As I read, I sense His presence andI hear His voice in my spirit. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, continue to speak to me throughthe Bible.  Sharpen my hearingskills.  Fill my heart with faith andcourage to do what you say. Amen

Pastor Leon
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