1. Hello, Listening friends.
2. What a special delight and joy for us that you have joined us again.
3. Also, welcome to those of you whom might have joined this broadcast for the first time.
4. If God is blessing this broadcast in your life
5. You might want to call a friend and tell them to listen
6. You might bring a group of people together and listen to this broadcast together.
7. If you are joining us in these broadcasts for the first time, we have just starting a study of the seven signs, or miracles of Jesus.
8. They are found in the Gospel of John.
9. Bible believing Christians have spent their time... and effort, defending the importance of believing in Jesus.
11. Because atheists need to have God and His word presented to them.
12. This statement was right long ago and still right today.
13. As Christians, we do not just believe that there is a God;...
14. we believe in a personal God.
15. Not only that,
16. but we believe that our God wants to enter into a relationship with us.
17. We believe that God left the splendor of heaven and became a man.
19. That He may reveal to us what He is like.
20. Not only that,...
21. but He also demonstrated His power over nature and creation
22. Not only that,
23. but He proved beyond a shadow of doubt that He will exercise His power on behalf of those who will have faith in Him.
24. Today we are going to see an example of God’s power in response to faith.
25. Jesus spoke about the kind of faith that moves mountains;...
26. a faith that brings God’s supernatural power in direct collision with the natural order.
27. This faith is not based on my efforts,... but it is a gift of God.
28. Real Biblical faith is from God.
29. Real Biblical faith is always based on what God has agreed to do.
30. Whatever God says... He will do!
31. God never gives faith unless He is willing to respond to that faith.
32. Biblical faith always presupposes a promise...
33. because God always keeps His word.
34. Faith may also be based on the known mercy of God.
35. Faith may be based upon what we know of the nature of God.
36. In today’s message, the Apostle John gives us an example of faith.
37. Let me remind you of what I said in our last broadcast.
38. Each of these seven signs from the Gospel of John... has a spiritual significance.
39. In the first sign of changing water into wine...
40. Jesus revealed His glory and the disciples believed in Him.
41. In this second sign that we will look at today...
42. the spiritual significance is that this nobleman and his entire household believed in Jesus Christ.
43. Turn with me please to John 4:43-54.
44. After the two days he left for Galilee.
45. （Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.）
46. When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.
47. Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
48. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
49. "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
50. The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
51. Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
52. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
53. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."
54. Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.
55. This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee. （John 4:43‑54 NIV）
56. Here is a man who belongs to King Herod's court.
57. He comes to Jesus asking him to go with him from Canaan to Capernaum.
58. This was a distance of about 40 kilometers.
59. The reason he wanted him to go with him is to heal his son who is at the point of death.
60. After Jesus rebukes the father of the sick boy... Jesus heals the boy by remote control.
61. This royal officer in the king’s palace comes to Jesus first out of desperation...
62. because he only knew about Jesus by reputation.
63. The officer did not know Jesus personally...
64. nor did he believe in Him as the Messiah.
65. But by the end of the narrative, we see not only the officer... but his entire household become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
66. hat is the object of all miracles?
67. The object of all miracles... is belief in the only Lord and Savior.
68. It is very clear from this miracle that there is progression of our faith.
69. First, we see a flickering faith.
70. Secondly, we see a flame of faith.
71. Then thirdly, we see the fire of faith.
72. The initial flickering of faith rested upon the report of others.
73. The nobleman believed what the others had said about Jesus.
74. In many ways that is how you and I begin our faith journey.
75. Someone introduces us to the Lord.
76. Someone says come and see.
77. Someone says let me tell you about what happened to me.
78. Someone says Jesus forgave my sins.
79. Jesus saved me from the punishment of my sins...
80. and He can do the same for you!
81. So, we come to Christ with a flickering of faith burning within us.
82. We don't understand a lot of things.
83. We don't comprehend all truth.
84. But a spark has been lit.
85. This may be happening with some of you, my dear listeners.
86. You are listening to these broadcasts and a flicker of faith has been lit in your heart.
87. Let me give you an illustration.
88. There were a group of passengers on a vessel that was steaming along a river on a foggy day.
89. Some of the passengers became very angry...
90. because in spite of the heavy fog, the boat was going full steam ahead.
91. Finally, they went to the first officer and complained
92. The first officer replied with a smile on his face...
93. Oh, don’t worry…
94. the fog lies low, but the captain is high above it... and he sees where we are going.
95. That is the flickering of faith...
96. when we don't understand...
97. when we don't know...
98. but still we throw ourselves at the mercy of the Captain of our life.
99. That is the nobleman’s flickering of faith
100. The nobleman did not know that he needed the healing of his heart.
101. The nobleman did not know that he needed the saving of his soul.
102. The nobleman did not know that he is talking to the Savior of the world.
103. His faith was very narrow in its scope...
104. his faith was short in it's range...
105. and his faith was limited in its perspective.
106. But he only had a flickering of faith.
107. Some of you may be in this stage this very day.
108. You have seen how the lives of others have been changed.
109. You know about Jesus by reputation.
110. You know that He is more than just a religious leader...
111. more than just a teacher...
112. more than just a prophet...
113. more than just a healer...
114. and more than just a name to call upon when you are in need.
115. because Jesus can ignite it to be a flame.
116. This nobleman's faith was so feeble that he limited the power of Jesus to His local presence.
117. He said;
118. "Come down before my child dies."
119. How many people do you know who think like this man?
120. They have made up their minds about what Jesus can and cannot do,…
121. Some of you have conditioned your minds as to how Jesus can work.
122. You may have decided that unless a person does certain things...
123. believes certain things...
124. God cannot act.
125. But notice in Verse 47 this man sought Jesus.
126. Let us read it...
127. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
128. He did not say to Jesus that the boy is of noble birth.
129. He did not say to Jesus that “he is a good boy.”
130. But he said to Him that... “the boy is at the point of death.”
131. This man knew enough to know that his extremity was his reason for urgency.
132. This is how David prayed;
133. He prayed, “Lord, pardon my iniquity.”
134. That is the prayer of desperation.
135. He did not pray... “Lord, pardon the iniquity that others caused me to commit.”
136. Or, “Lord, pardon the iniquity... that was excusable and unavoidable and just totally out of my control.”
137. Or, “Lord, pardon my iniquity... which is not as bad as the iniquity of so and so.”
139. David said, "Lord, pardon my iniquities."
140. This is the key to unlocking the door of God's mercy.
141. First, we see a flickering faith.
142. I want you tune into the next program,
143. Because I want to show you how to ignite the fire of faith in your life.
144. Until then I wish you God’s riches blessing.