There are no lengths in which a parent will go to in order to save their child! Few things in this world terrify a parent more than the threat of an illness or death of their child. As a parent, my worst nightmare in this world is that something would happen to one of my children. We love them dearly and we want them to live long, healthy lives free of harm and illness.
Such was the case of a royal official. His story is found in John 4:43-54. Jesus was back at the place where He had performed His first miracle at a wedding feast. The wine is long dried up, yet memories of this epic event still linger. Hearing the news that Jesus, the healer, was back in the area of Galilee, this royal official traveled twenty miles to find Him. Leaving his sick child behind in this last ditch effort to heal him, the royal official is desperate. As a parent I can imagine his heart wrenching panic and fear. His son, whom he loves, is dying. The distance is great, and yet if Jesus can heal him it will be worth it.
Finding Jesus, this worried father begs Him to come and heal his sick boy. With tears streaming down his face and panic in his eyes he makes his plea to Jesus. “Come! My son is dying!” This desperate man is facing his worst fear and not so much with his words, but with his eyes he is pleading with Jesus; “please don’t let my son die!”
Others are gathered there too. Listening and waiting expectantly for Jesus to do something…something miraculous. Jesus looks at them and sighs. They don’t understand who He is. Their Messiah is standing right there in their midst and yet they still do not believe. He says to them, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders you will never believe.” There is certain sadness in His words. Jesus understands them all too well, and has struck at the heart of their disbelief.
For a moment, at the words of Jesus, this royal official is afraid He will not come. There is a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach as this last hope seemingly appears to evaporate. Prompted by this momentary panic, he implores Jesus one last time; “Lord, please come before my son dies.” Jesus looks at this frightened father and says; “You may go, your son will live.”
The father feels relief as he hears Jesus say those words. ‘Could it be? Is my son really healed?’ He hurries off to find out, taking Jesus at His word. The twenty mile journey will take him over a day to reach home. Yet while on the homeward trek his servants meet him. They confirm this long distance miracle: his son is healed and very much a live! What joy must have filled his heart! His fears relieved, his son’s health restored! A parent’s nightmare is lifted and is replaced with a dream come true!
This is what Jesus does. The healer of the sick, the resurrector of the dead brings us hope and a chance at new life! To any parent, this is a relief. But to all Jesus comes and longs for everyone to believe in Him. He can perform a miracle in your life. He still heals and binds up the wounds of the sick, and He can still put broken lives back together again. For this royal official, Jesus provided healing for his dying son. For all of us, Jesus can and will provide the restoration that we need in our lives.