by Jerry Vines

The Healing of the Nobleman's Son
John 4:46-54
There are seven of the miracles which Jesus performed recorded for us in the gospel according to
John. Probably in all four of the gospels we hove recorded between thirty and forty of the miracles
of our Lord. Have you ever wondered why it is that John gives to us only seven of these particular
miracles? Well in the 20th chapter of his gospel the 31st verse he tells us the reason. He says there
that these miracles he has written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that
believing we might have life through his name. Now he is saying to us that he has chosen these
particular miracles in order to give us illustrations of what God's great salvation is all about. And so
when we look at these seven miracles of John we discover various aspects of God's great plan of
salvolion. This particular miracle is chosen by John to illustrate for us the place of faith in the great
transaction of salvation. The Bible tells us of course that faith is intricately involved in the salvation
experience. We know Ephesians 2:8 says for by grace are you; saved through faith and we know the
familiar verse in Romans 10:9 which says, if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe
in thine heart that God that God has raised him from the dead thou shall be saved and then of course
we know the familiar verse John 3:16 which makes it so clear, for God so loved the world that he
gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting
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life. We know that faith is intricately involved in God's salvation but sometimes it is helpful for
us to have an illustration to show us exactly what faith is really all about. And so as we look at
this particular miracle where Jesus healed the little boy of the nobleman we see the part that faith
plays in bringing God into our hearts and into our life. Now I wont you to notice several things
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