The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
“Your son is dying.” I cannot imagine more devastating words for a father to hear. The father was a royal official, a powerful man. He was used to making things happen and getting things done. Now, however, as his son lay sick in Capernaum, he was helpless. There was one man the official had heard about who could possibly help.
When Jesus arrived in the area, the father found Him and “begged him to come and heal his son.” I imagine the father on his knees, tears flowing down his cheeks, desperately pleading with this man from Nazareth, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus simply replied, “Go. Your son will live.” I love the man’s response. He took Jesus at His word and departed. On the way home the father learned that his son was healed.
Taking Jesus at His word. Believing what Jesus says is true. Having confidence that Jesus always delivers. Jesus has so much to give us. There is a great adventure He wants us to enjoy. There is freedom, strength and deep joy waiting . . . for all those who take Jesus at His word.
Father, help me take You at Your word. Help me to live knowing that what You say will always be true. Give me the confidence to move forward in faith experiencing Your freedom, strength and joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.