More than a Miracle Maker

Posted: January 25, 2015 in John
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John 4:43-54, “More than a Miracle Maker”

There’s an old saying in ministry circles: “You know you’re a servant when you get treated like one.”  Sometimes people feel like they’re being used, and often times they are.  Of course, we’re supposed to be servants of God, and serve one another in the love of Christ…that’s a good thing.  We also know that Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve – He is the ultimate Servant of God, who suffered on the cross for our behalf.  Amen, and we can praise God that He’s done so!  However, we might need to take a step back to see how we’re treating Jesus – to examine on what basis we’re coming to Him.  When we approach Jesus, do we approach Him as our servant, or as our Lord?

People inadvertently do that when they treat Jesus as nothing but a miracle-worker.  There’s no doubt that Jesus works miracles, because all things are possible through Christ.  But are miracles the only reasons you come?  Do you follow Jesus for only the things He can do for you? – Or do you truly have faith that Jesus is the Lord God in the flesh?  Do we believe despite the things that Jesus can do?  That’s the kind of faith Jesus calls us to, and that’s the kind of faith we can choose to have.

In our context, Jesus had been in Samaria – something that in itself stands out as unusual for an ancient Jewish rabbi.  Jesus had previously been in Judea engaged in a ministry of baptism when He headed north to His home-base of Galilee.  Most Jews would have taken the longer way around, or at least spent as little time in Samaria as possible.  Jesus had other plans.  Stopping in Sychar for a brief rest, the disciples went to go find something to eat, and Jesus (quite scandalously) struck up a conversation with a lone woman who came to the well where Jesus was.  During their encounter, the woman is struck with Jesus’ divine knowledge, and Jesus reveals to her that He is the Messiah.  She goes off, tells anyone in town who will listen to her, and they come to hear Jesus for themselves.

This gave Jesus the opportunity to teach His disciples about the importance of God’s harvest, in the work of evangelism.  All kinds of people were ready to hear about the gospel of salvation – even the ones that were different than the people the disciples might expect.  Even these Samaritans were ready to come to Christ, and that’s exactly what they did as Jesus stayed with them and taught them Himself.

So now Jesus is in Samaria with Samaritans who have come to faith in the Jewish Messiah – an unusual scenario to be sure!  However, Jesus cannot stay there, so He gets back on His way.  He gets to where He’s going, and encounters a father who had a sick son.  The father was understandably desperate, and he did the same thing many others would do in their interactions with Jesus: ask for healing.  It’s Jesus’ response to him that seems so unusual, but Jesus’ response does something far more than what the father expected.  The man had come asking for healing from a miracle-worker; he left with faith believing the Man was the Messiah of God.

John 4:43–54
43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee.

  1. This is something John previously mentioned in vs. 40.  Jesus had initially stopped just outside of the Samaritan town of Sychar at a historic well (built by Jacob).  Once the woman brought her townspeople to meet Jesus, they “urged” Jesus to stay with them, and that’s what He did, staying on with them two days.  This sounds like no big deal to our ears, but to a Jewish observer at the time, it would have left him stunned.  Most Jews tried to have as little to do with the Samaritans as possible; they certainly wouldn’t purpose to stay around them.  Jesus lingered with them as long as He could.  Jesus wasn’t going to rush to leave the people who were willing to hear Him.  He was willing to take the gospel to anyone in the world, no matter how different or “unclean” they may have appeared to others.  (And if Jesus did it, so ought we!)
  2. Eventually Jesus does need to get back on the road, and that’s what He does as He heads off to Galilee.  If you’re familiar with the other gospel accounts, you know that the Synoptics record the bulk of Jesus’ ministry as being in Galilee.  Chronologically, that’s where Jesus seemed to have spent the most time.  However, John shows Jesus in Galilee only sparingly.  Much of what John records actually takes place in Jerusalem.  This isn’t a contradiction in the Scriptures; it’s just a different emphasis of the authors.  John wrote his gospel account last, and it seems that he purposefully wrote about different events to supplement what had already been written, though there will still be quite a bit of overlap between them.

44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.

  1. Verse 44 has been the cause of much speculation among scholars.  In the Synoptics, Jesus made this statement specifically about His “own country,” which Luke identifies as Nazareth (Mt 13:57, Mk 6:4, Lk 4:16,24).  However, John doesn’t record a visit to Nazareth at this time.  That’s not to say Jesus didn’t pass through Nazareth (it was on the way), but if He did, John is silent about it.  What John does write about seems rather confusing.  He says that Jesus went to Galilee, Jesus spoke of His rejection, and then John writes of how the Galileans received and welcomed Jesus.  So which is it: did Galilee reject Jesus or receive Jesus?  It’s possible that John remembered how Nazareth did indeed reject Jesus, and thus mentions it in passing, but it’s also possible that John had something totally different in mind.  Jesus had recently come from Judea, having left due to actions of the Pharisees (4:1), and went from there to Samaria where He was warmly welcomed.  Perhaps John shows Jesus contrasting the reception He received from the Samaritans with the one He received from the Jews.  The Jews were requesting all kinds of signs and convincing wonders (something that continues in this chapter), whereas the Samaritans received Jesus with simple faith.  The people who should have received Jesus easily had resisted Him, but the people were expected to reject Jesus received Him gladly.
    1. You might be surprised at the people most ready to hear the gospel.  They might not look like anyone you would normally expect!
  2. Even if John’s statement of Jesus did refer to Galilee, obviously some Galileans received Him.  During the major feasts such as Passover, Jews were expected to travel to Jerusalem from wherever they lived, and that included those who lived in Galilee.  Those who had gone south for the Passover had seen what Jesus did in the temple, and how Jesus performed miraculous signs and wonders while He was there (2:23).  The signs had been visible enough and great enough to catch the attention of Nicodemus and the Pharisees (3:2), and it’s no wonder that travelers from Galilee took notice as well.
  3. The question is: what would they do with what they had seen?  They knew at least some of the truth about Jesus.  They knew He exercised the authority of God when He cleansed the temple, and that He proved He was empowered by God when He performed miracles.  How far would they go with this?  Would they see Jesus only as a miracle-worker – or would they truly believe Him as the Messiah, and receive Him as their Lord as well?  Eventually, they would have to make the choice, and their choice would make the difference in their eternity.
    1. People still have to make a choice about Jesus.  This is not a Man who is relegated to the pages of history, of whom people can learn and ignore.  This is a Man, of whom what we believe makes all of the difference in our eternal future.  Where you will go after you die hinges upon the choices you make today about Jesus.  If He was just a prophet & miracle-worker but nothing more, then Jesus has nothing to offer you for eternity.  You’re still left to face a Holy God on your own with nothing but your massive record of sin fully exposed.  But if Jesus is the Son of God – if He is the Lord & Messiah – then when you’ve received Him as your Lord, He will save you from your sins & make you a child of God forever.  What will you choose to believe?

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.

  1. Once in Galilee, Jesus “came again to Cana.”  Interestingly, John is the only writer to mention Cana, and he does so with some importance.  This tiny town is the site of the first two major miracles of Jesus, and although news would spread, it seems like very little news from Cana would ever make it far in Galilee, much less all the way down to Jerusalem.  This was a tiny town, unimportant to the rest of the Jews, but vastly important to God.
    1. It says something about “fly-over country,” does it not?  Our culture may only pay attention to major cities and other big events, but God sees everything in smaller areas too.  To God, the child living in a trailer in the remotest part of the desert is just as valuable as the richest man in New York City.  God does amazing things in out of the way places, and every person in every corner of the world matters to Him.
  2. One piece of news did make it out of Cana: Jesus was there.  The news of what Jesus did at the wedding may or may not have spread by this point.  After all, only the servants at the wedding (along with Mary and Jesus’ disciples) knew what Jesus had done by turning the water into wine.  Whether or not the servants spread the news, we don’t know.  All John tells us about Jesus’ fame at this point is that the Galileans had heard what He had done in Jerusalem; not Cana.  In any case, the Galileans had heard of Him, and that attracted the attention of a “certain nobleman.
  3. Who this nobleman was, we don’t know.  The word could refer to a “royal official” (NASB), so it’s possible that this man was a Herodian of some sort.  Some have imagined this man to be the same person mentioned in Matthew 8, who came to Jesus asking for a healing, but the stories are far too different.  In John, the man is a nobleman; in Matthew, he’s a Roman centurion.  In John, it’s a father asking about his son; in Matthew, he’s asking about his servant.  In John, the man pleads with Jesus to personally come; in Matthew, the centurion specifically states that Jesus doesn’t need to come.  There are far too many differences between the events.  All the gospels repeatedly show people constantly coming to Jesus asking for healings, and thus there’s no reason why there couldn’t be multiple similar types of events recorded.
  4. All we really know about this particular nobleman is that his home was Capernaum (like Jesus), and that he travelled quite a distance to find Jesus in Cana (approx. 20 miles).  The man’s son was sick, and the illness was severe, putting the boy “at the point near death.”  We don’t know the son’s age, but it seems likely he was still a child at the time (evident from the Greek word the servants used to describe him).  It’s obviously no wonder that the father was concerned, and he did what any normal loving parent would do: seek help.  It didn’t matter where he had to go, or what he had to do, he was willing to do whatever was necessary to help his child.  When the nobleman heard that Jesus was in Galilee, Jesus became the natural choice.  The father went as quickly as he could to Jesus.
    1. We take this for granted today.  If our children get sick, we go to the pharmacy to pick up some medicine, or we go to the doctor.  If things are really bad, we can go to a local emergency room.  It wasn’t that easy for the nobleman, nor is it that easy for most people living in the third world even today.  When their loved ones get sick, they don’t have a doctor they can reach, so they reach for Jesus.  For them, prayer to God for healing isn’t an afterthought; it’s their first thought.
    2. Sometimes there is wisdom in desperation.  Surely we are to take advantages of all of the advanced medical facilities we have available to us.  Things that are common cures to us today would be viewed as miraculous to people living even 100 years ago.  But none of our technological advances does away with the need for prayer, and thus the priority of prayer.  When we get sick, we ought to pray.
    3. That said, Jesus is far more than a doctor or miracle-worker.  If that’s our only reason to come to Jesus, there’s a problem.  That seemed to be the case with the nobleman, which is the reason for Jesus’ reply in vs. 48…

48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”

  1. This seems to be such a strange response from the Jesus whom we know to be so compassionate and loving.  After all, we just saw His compassion in action.  Jesus could hardly have been more gentle with the Samaritan woman, even as He exposed her sin for what it was, so that she would see Him as the Messiah.  Even with the Pharisee Nicodemus, Jesus had been truly engaging in conversation, drawing him into the deeper things of theology; not dismissing him out of hand.  Yet to this nobleman, Jesus seems to respond with a rebuke.  Here’s a father pleading for his son’s life, and we can almost envision Jesus sighing & grimacing, unwilling to go.  Surely this isn’t the loving Son of God that we know!
  2. It’s a good reminder to us that we need to be careful about reading our own emotions into the Scripture.  It can be easy for us to read into the Scripture things that are not there.  We can impart motives to Jesus (or others) that they do not have.  Just as we need to be careful not to make assumptions about people we meet, we need to be careful not to simply assume too much from the Bible and jump to conclusions.  The Bible never once says that Jesus was unwilling to heal the child, nor does it describe to us the look on Jesus’ face.  We have a tendency to read this account and think that this was the last thing that Jesus wanted to do, and He just heals the child to get the nobleman off His back. Be careful!  The Bible tells us so much about the compassion of Christ.  If we’re going to assume anything about Jesus, we need to be willing to assume the best.  There’s no doubt that Jesus rebukes the man as he makes the request for his son, but there is obviously a reason for the rebuke.  If it’s not that Jesus was uncaring (God forbid we’d think such a thing!), then what was it?
  3. Look again at what Jesus said: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”  The man had come asking for a miracle; Jesus was looking for a man who would come with faith.  At this point, it’s not clear that the nobleman believed much if anything at all about the person of Jesus.  He had heard of Jesus’ miracles in Jerusalem, and he needed a miracle for his boy.  Jesus was simply the tool to get the job done.  He was the medicine his boy needed; nothing more.  No doubt the father had a clear need for a miraculous wonder to be done, but he did not come with faith in Jesus as the Messiah to do that miracle.  The father was looking for the miracle & not the Messiah, and that was the problem.
    1. That’s still a problem from multitudes of people today.  They might pray when a loved one is in ICU, but that’s the only time they pray.  They ask Jesus for a healing, but don’t trust Him as the Son of God.  And it becomes painfully evident if God doesn’t give them the healing they desired.  They become bitter, angry at God, and cast off any pretense of belief.  They hadn’t trusted Jesus before, so they certainly didn’t trust Him afterwards.  Or there are many others who just seek after the miracles.  They look for experience after experience, and event after event.  They are always searching for the next spiritual “high” (the sign & wonder), and not truly submitting to Jesus as their Savior and King.  Thus they put their faith in false prophets and carnival-type preachers, and not in Jesus.
    2. Jesus desires far better for us than that!  There is only one sign upon which our faith hinges: the resurrection.  Once Jesus died for us upon the cross, and rose again from the dead, that is the only sign that is required for us to believe upon Jesus to be God in the flesh.  Once we believe that, then we can trust Jesus in everything else implicitly.  We don’t need extra signs or extra confirmations for us to trust Him as He leads us.  We simply believe Him, period.  That’s not to say that Jesus doesn’t give other confirmations…He does!  He will confirm to us His will as we read it in the Scripture.  He might give use another godly man or woman to speak a word of knowledge or wisdom into our lives.  God the Holy Spirit might truly impress upon us to do something in obedience.  Our God is just as living and active today as He was 2000 years ago.  Truly God does give confirmation and signs in many ways.  But here’s the key: our faith is not dependent on those things.  Those are extras; not the main event.  Jesus is the main event.  When we come to Jesus in true faith, we’re trusting Him as our Lord & Savior – we’re trusting Him as our King.  Anything He does after that point is extra…it’s a lagniappe.
  4. The nobleman had come to Jesus as a miracle-worker.  Would he ever see Jesus as anything more?  That’s the choice Jesus gives him.  See vs. 49… 

49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.

  1. We can almost hear the desperation in the father’s voice, and it’s truly understandable.  When your child is at the brink of death, it’s tough to think through theology.  But notice the grain of faith that begins to appear.  He still pleads with Jesus to come (again, different from the centurion who knew from the start that Jesus needed only to say the word, and his servant would be healed), but he does so with respect & perhaps even the beginning of reverence.  Most English translations show the man addressing Jesus as “Sir,” and that translation is possible, but it’s just as possible to translate the word as “Lord.”  It’s difficult to know whether the man was using this in terms of simple respect or in faith, but it’s evident that Jesus’ answer to him changes.  Something has happened in the heart of this man, and Jesus takes the opportunity to draw it out.
  2. How Jesus draws it out is by giving the man a choice.  Notice that Jesus doesn’t do what the man asks.  The nobleman pleaded with Jesus to “come” and visit his child, so that his son would live.  Jesus did not offer to go with him.  In fact, Jesus told the man the opposite: that the man himself needed to go home.  Jesus would not go with the man, but the son would still be healed.  So what was the choice?  The man could (1) keep pleading with Jesus to physically come, to which Jesus might refuse & his child would die, or (2) take Jesus at his word in faith, and go home trusting that his boy was healed.  Either way, the man would not receive the immediate confirmation he desired.  He had to have faith in Jesus, or he wouldn’t have anything at all.
    1. That’s the way miracles work.  Miracles are supposed to point us to Jesus; nothing more.  Faith in Jesus is what is most important.  Someone could experience a physical healing one day and still die and go to hell the next.  The healing doesn’t give them eternal life; Jesus does.  It’s no different in how we act with one another.  We can be as compassionate as possible with our fellow man (and we should be!), but acts of compassion without the gospel don’t offer anyone anything of eternity.  Someone can die with their belly full of food & still end up in hell.  Give someone food, but be sure they see Jesus.  Give freely and abundantly, but give the gospel at the same time.  What people need most isn’t the physical nor the miracle; it’s the gospel.
  3. BTW – notice the present tense Jesus uses with the man: “your son lives.”  Jesus wasn’t holding out the son as a type of spiritual bait; the boy had already been healed.  The father simply didn’t yet know it.  Jesus IS compassionate, and Jesus had been working the entire time He was speaking with the boy’s father.  The boy had been healed physically; Jesus was simply attending to the nobleman’s spiritual needs.
  4. So Jesus had given the man a choice.  What did he choose?  Faith!  His faith will surely grow, but there ought to be no doubt that he had faith when he left Jesus to go home.  The Bible explicitly tells us as much.  He made the choice to believe Jesus that his son was now living, past the point of death, and left to go home without Jesus.  Jesus may have remained in Cana, but was no doubt in the heart of the man going back to Capernaum!
    1. Again, there comes a point when people need to choose.  God has laid everything right before you.  He offers you forgiveness of your sin & eternal life in heaven, or you could choose to reject His grace and face His judgment.  The choice ought to be easy: choose life – choose Jesus!

51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”

  1. We just have to love this!  Jesus had rebuked the man for coming and asking only for a miracle and confirming sign, but that didn’t mean Jesus would not grant him a confirming sign.  The father had travelled far to come to Jesus, but God didn’t make him wait the entire trip back to Capernaum to get the confirmation that his son had been healed.  He granted the nobleman the sign for which he asked; God just did it in a way the man hadn’t expected.  This is the abundant grace of our God!
  2. What makes this so interesting is the timeframe involved.  The man had travelled 20 miles to Cana, had what seemed to be a very brief encounter, and turned around to go back.  We don’t know if he was travelling by foot or by horseback, though due to his status, horseback seems likely.  Yet notice the day that the boy had been healed: “yesterday.”  No doubt, to walk 20 miles would be an all-day affair requiring an overnight stay – but surely the trip could be made there & back while riding a horse.  Yet the man still stayed somewhere overnight.  What does that tell us?  The father was no longer worried about his son.  If he was still concerned that his boy’s death was imminent, he surely would have ridden all night long in desperation.  After all, who wouldn’t?  But the man had made the choice to believe Jesus.  Jesus said his boy was healed, and the nobleman believed him…and demonstrated his belief through his calm return.  (Guzik) “His leisurely pace was a demonstration of faith. In fear, the nobleman ran from Capernaum to Cana; in faith he walked from Cana back to Capernaum.”
  3. Faith is demonstrated through action.  We show what we believe by the way we behave.  Do we truly believe the things God has said?  Then we will show it by the way we respond to Him.  Abraham believed God’s word when God had promised that through his son Isaac, God would fulfill all of His promises.  How do we know?  Because Abraham laid his son on the altar, willing to sacrifice him to God, believing that God is even able to raise the dead. (Heb 11:19)  Elijah believed that God would prove Himself stronger than all of the false prophets of Baal.  How so?  Because he had the wood of the sacrifice drowned in water, trusting that the fire of God would still consume it. (1 Kings 18:38)  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had so much faith in God that they trusted that even if God didn’t deliver them from the fire of Nebuchadnezzar, that they still would not bow down to an idol (Dan 2:17-18).  The Bible is full of men and women of faith, who believed God, and then acted out on their belief.  That is where the true proof of faith is found. 
    1. What do you believe about Jesus?  Do you believe His word?  Do you believe His command?  If so, how are you acting it out?  Beloved, we’ve got to be men & woman of faith!  If we truly believe Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins, and rose from the grave, then that changes us.  If we truly believe that Jesus is the Living Lord God of all Creation, our Heavenly King, that changes us.  We cannot live life as we did before.  We cannot go through life doing the same things as everyone else.  We love others differently – we forgive others regularly – we share Jesus fervently – we worship God passionately – we trust God implicitly.  We live life knowing that we are walking with the Resurrected Son of God, filled with God the Holy Spirit.  THAT is walking by faith – that is trusting in Jesus as far more than a miracle-maker, but as the Living Lord God.  That’s the kind of faith that God desires from every one of us.  Hebrews 11:6, "But 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 diligently seek Him."
    2. Is that the kind of faith you have?  Is that the kind of faith you desire?  Ask.  Ask God for that faith, and then make the choice to believe.  Just as the nobleman had to choose to believe Jesus, so do we need to make the same choice.

53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

  1. What incredible confirmation!  Just as the father had come to believe, Jesus did not need to physically travel back to Capernaum to heal the son; the moment Jesus spoke the boy was healed.  What began as faith for the father grew into faith for his whole family.  We’re not told the rest of the conversation that took place between the nobleman & his servants.  We’re not told what happened as the father arrived home to his son.  Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall that those moments?  What joy & amazement!  We know this much: the faith of the father was contagious.  He couldn’t hold back his excitement & news of Jesus, and neither should he.  He told his “whole household” about Jesus, and presumably it wasn’t just his immediate family that came to faith in Christ, but his servants as well.  Everyone came to know eternal life through Jesus because one person made the choice to truly believe.
  2. True faith is still contagious.  Have you ever been around someone who so loves Jesus that you can’t wait to be around that same person?  It’s like the closer you are to your friend, the closer you are to Jesus.  Why?  Because that person as true faith, and they act upon it.  They talk with Jesus, spend time with Jesus, treat Jesus as far more than a tool in prayer, but as their God and King with whom they live life.  Guess what?  You don’t have to wait to be around that person; you can BE that person.  The same filling of the Holy Spirit that Jesus makes available to others is available to you, too.  Again – all we need to do is make the choice to believe, and to actively walk in faith.

54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

  1. John won’t continually count off the signs that Jesus did (that’s left to modern scholars who want to organize his gospel account!), but he does make a point to designate this sign.  Jesus had already done many other signs in Jerusalem that were undescribed (2:23), so this wasn’t Jesus’ 2nd miracle by far.  It was, however, an important miracle.  He had turned water into wine in Cana, and now Jesus had healed a nobleman’s son with just a word while the son was still 20 miles away.  No doubt Jesus demonstrated His divine power!  This was no ordinary prophet in their midst – this was Someone far greater than a prophet; this was the Son of God.

Conclusion:
There’s a bit of ironic humor in the fact that it was when Jesus discouraged people coming to Him only for signs and wonders that Jesus ended up performing His second major sign in Galilee.  But it points to an important fact: the signs were to serve Jesus; Jesus didn’t come to serve up signs.  The miracles Jesus did had the specific purpose of confirming to people Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.  They were not miracles for the sake of miracles.  Jesus didn’t perform wonders to put on a show.  He didn’t come to entertain, or even just to heal the masses.  Jesus came to seek and to save the lost – He came to offer forgiveness of sin and eternal life.  Those things don’t happen because of healings, or any other temporary supernatural experience.  A person only receives eternal life when they believe upon Jesus as Lord.

That’s what Jesus was drawing out in the nobleman.  The man had come to Jesus as a miracle worker; what he needed was faith in Jesus as God.  Two miracles were done that day: a boy was restored to physical health, and his father received a spiritual birth.  Both were needed, but only one was eternal.  One affected only the boy; the other affected his whole house.

Jesus does indeed offer the miraculous, but some miracles are better than others.  Which miracles do you seek?  The ones that pass after a moment, or the ones that last into eternity?  The difference comes with what you seek: signs or the Savior. 

Seek the Savior!  Choose to place your faith in Him.  Just as the nobleman had to make the choice to believe, so do we.  For some, this means choosing to believe in Jesus for the first time, believing that He really is God who died for you at the cross & who rose from the grave.  It means choosing to turn away from your sins of the past and asking Jesus to forgive you & come into your life as your Lord & King.

For others, it means choosing to walk by faith, and letting our actions reflect what we say we believe.  We say we believe that Jesus is risen from the grave – good; now let it change your life.  We say we believe that Jesus is with us – great, now let’s walk in such a way that shows it.  We can be the men and women of faith of which the Bible speaks, but we have to choose to believe, and we show our choice by our actions.

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