Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 6

John 4:44 NASB

“For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.”

So John takes the time to let us know that Jesus personally confirmed that a prophet has no honour in his own country. Does that mean what it sounds like Jesus is saying? To paraphrase could be “a prophet of God is not recognized as such in the country or place that he originates from”. And why is that? Familiarity with the individual who is claiming to be a prophet of God could definitely be part of the problem or reality. To have no honour would infer that the prophet is not respected as being a prophet. When you honour someone it generally means that you hold them up in high esteem. We see the reality of Jesus being questioned as being a legitimate prophet happening in other parts of the Gospels (Matthew 13:55, John 6:42 and Mark 6:3-5) where people point out that Jesus is the son of Joseph and who His mother is and the names of His brothers etc.

It’s interesting to note that in Mark 6:3-5 it states the following: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” Note that it states “and they took offense at him”. Can you hear them saying “Who does He think He is!” Yes, Jesus dealt with that ridicule too. And the ridicule that we may endure is nothing compared to the ridicule that Jesus endured in silence, because Jesus who came in the flesh to walk on this earth, created all things that were made, and that would include this very earth.

John 1:3 NASB

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Also note that it says “could do no miracle there”. Does that mean that God, in the person of Jesus, is limited by our lack of faith, in what He can do? Could God not over ride our lack of faith and perform what we would call a miracle anyway? I’m pretty sure He can and could. What I think this shows us is that Jesus and God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, deliberately chose not to perform any miracles in this instance and other instances where there was demonstrated lack of faith, to show us the importance of, and necessity for, our belief, trust and faith in God, and how our faith plays into what God can and accordingly will do. God never does something just because He can, there always appears to be an objective lesson or reason behind everything that God does. And when it comes to faith or trust in God, the following scripture verse immediately comes to mind:

Hebrews 11:6 NASB. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

And then in John 4:46-54, we have Jesus healing a nobleman’s son. Jesus is back in Cana of Galilee. And we have a certain “Royal Official” who is probably someone who was in the service of the king. Herod Antipas was technically the “tetrarch” of Galilee, but he was referred to as a king. This “Royal Official” hears that Jesus is in Cana, of Galilee and he leaves his home in Capernaum, to find Jesus and ask Him to heal his sick son, who is at the point of dying. Bear in mind that as of this point in time, the only miracle that Jesus has performed is the changing of the water to wine at the wedding in Cana. This “Royal Official” must have heard of what Jesus had done and was persuaded enough to leave his sick son and find Jesus to ask Him to intercede and heal him. That decision in itself shows faith or belief in Jesus.

In verse 4:48 Jesus uses this opportunity to illustrate the connection between the people needing to see “signs and wonders” in order to believe. This observation that Jesus makes is really important. Jesus is NOT giving them a commendation about having found the right way in which to gain faith or belief in God. This is acknowledgement of God via the miraculous (what God can do) versus who God is and what He says. It’s interesting to note that when Jesus was in Samaria, they believed in Jesus, BECAUSE OF HIS WORDS (John 4:41). The demand or requirement for “signs and wonders” within the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement within our own times should take note of how Jesus did NOT see this requirement or need for “signs and wonders” as a positive path towards faith in God.

But Jesus does heed the request of the “Royal Official” and tells him to go home because his son now lives and the “Royal Official” believes the word that Jesus has spoken. Plus we have the additional confirmation that when Jesus spoke the words, at that same time, the fever left his son and he survived. Then note that this “Royal Official” and his entire household believed.

The final verse of John 4 tells us that this healing that Jesus performed was the second sign or miracle that Jesus performed after He had come from Judea to Galilee.

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

10 comments

  1. Why did the Samaritans believe Jesus’ words? What words did Jesus speak to them? Was it not his knowledge of the samaritan woman at the well, where she perceived Jesus Christ as a prophet that get the whole ball rolling?
    Jesus is not just some story teller or philosopher. When Jesus speaks, things happen. Perhaps this is what sets Him apart.
    Not the words themselves, but Him speaking them.
    Just spit balling here.

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      • Hope you’re doing well Bruce. Left you wide open here to do your thing and all I got was that response? Hehe
        May the Grace of Jesus be with you and yours .

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      • Hi Stephen, I’m doing well, thanks for asking, hope all is well with you and yours also. My apology for not responding as expected, between yesterday and today I am working 24 hours so my free time to really “get into it” was limited. But, in all fairness, you did bring a smile to my face! Instead of “spit balling” I would have used the “throwing spaghetti on the wall” terminology so see what would stick! Have a blessed day Stephen and thank you for touching base with me every once in a while, I’m learning to enjoy your company vice be defensive and that’s a good thing!

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      • Good to hear Bruce. We’re all doing well by the Grace of Jesus and thank you for asking.
        My busy season is about to begin. Been praying for your physical well being, it won’t help much if you over work yourself. Hehe
        Blessings

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  2. Funny enough at breakfast this morning with the boys, one of the guys who is an atheist gave a shot across the bow, against God, the church and basically my beliefs with the typical Religion is bad crap.

    I have an invention I am working on. I think I have figured out how to defy gravity. (The Jesus walking on water stuff.) And I figured it out because I took what Jesus said literally in a few areas and what the Apostle John said as well. Now I won’t go into the details or people might figure out how I figured this whole thing out. But essentially I will be hot wiring a design from the bible.

    I told the guys at breakfast this morning I just got my Dewar and brought it in for show and tell. I told them, that its possible I won’t be able to figure out the fine details. Quantum levitation and superconductors is a frontier field of science. Still I said to them. If I do get this working even 10% I cannot take any credit. I simply believed and tossed any contempt and this will prove not only that Christ walked on water but that he ascended into heaven, that he will return and their will be a new heaven and earth.

    So a guy said, what if what was written was Just allegorical or not literal, or some type of metaphor and your invention still works… Well, then they don’t have to get into my flying car or use it. They can get out and walk. But the believers in Jesus Christ, well, they can fly etc. If you do not believe what Jesus did, then that is your problem. Clearly what He said is true and my invention will prove it.

    Still their is skepticism. They might think I have gone off my rocker and have visions of grandeur and am delusional. Time will tell.

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  3. Essentially hot wiring a design from the bible. Haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about but let me know how it works out for you. For credibility purposes, I’d probability be keeping that kind of info to myself, at least until you have a working model.

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