John 4:46-54

John 4:46 — So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

47 — When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

48 — Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

49 — The nobleman saith unto Him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

50 — Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

51 — And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.

52 — Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

53 — So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

54 — This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

nobleman (v. 46) — courtier, perhaps in Herod's court

The weakness of the man's faith was shown by his desire that Jesus should "come down." Contrast this with the centurian in Matthew 8:8.

Cana to Capernaum is about four hours by donkey, but the nobleman didn't arrive home until the next day. Why the delay? Probably because he had faith that his son was OK.

seventh hour (v. 52) — one p.m.

The man believed Jesus' word. His word brought life (John 6:63).

This miracle is a type of Israel's restoration on the 3rd day. (See Gaebelein's quote in the previous post.)

This is the second miracle — both were 3rd day events. the first was turning water into wine (John 2:1).

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