Some of God’s brightest blessings come to us clothed in the darkest hours of the mourning,” In those days Hezekiah was ill and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, The Lord says, Put your house in order; for your death is near.” ( Isa.38:1). Let us also note (v.4,5) “Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”
If this nobleman’s heart had not been moved through the sickness of his son, he never would have known the healing power of Jesus Christ through faith.
Blessed is that sorrow which constrains us to go believingly to Jesus Christ our healer, (Psa.103:3) “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” (Psa.103:3).
Let us note the mans earnest request, “When he heard that Jesus was come., . he went and besought Him that He would come down and heal his son” (v. 47).
The nobleman has already “faith as a grain of mustard seed” in Jesus;
That faith moves him to seek the aid of Jesus;
To make sure of his help he comes in person, instead of sending servants;
While he thought he could heal his son, he did not comprehend that it could be done unless Jesus came to where he was;
He thought it would be too late if the son died before his coming. His faith way very imperfect.
He heard, he went, he besought. This is the workings of an honest heart.
His request that Christ would “come down” shows faith in the power of His presence, but perhaps a lack of faith in His promise.
The Lord would teach the nobleman and us that His Word is as good as Himself. “The words that I speak unto you are spirit and life,” They have the same character as Himself.
Jesus had a gentle rebuke for this man,“Jesus said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (v. 48). “The Jews require a sign” according to(1.Cor. 1:22).
In this reply, Christ was saying to the nobleman, as it were, are you not prepared to believe Me just now without seeing signs and wonders wrought by Me?
You are prepared to believe that I am the Messiah if I come down and heal your son, who is at the point of death. “Ye will not believe except ye see.”
There is a faith that is more noble than this,“Believe and thou shalt see.”
What better are they of our own day, who will not believe except they see. A lame faith is always on the look out for “signs and wonders. ”
When the nobleman had said, In effect, Signs or no signs, in Thy mercy,“come down ere my child die,”
then the Lord offered to his faith the word of healing, “Go thy way, thy son liveth” (v.49,50).
In giving him His Word He was giving him the “bread of life” both for himself and his son. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Jesus wanted men to believe in him because of his self-evidencing character and words. But the people required to have their faith supported by miracles.
There is a vast difference between believing in a man, and believing his credentials. Miracles were our Lord’s credentials; his ministry among men can not be thought of without them; and when John the Baptist’s faith in Christ himself wavered, Jesus referred him to them, “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them,” (Mt. 11:4,5).
This man revealed a believing act,“The man believed the Word….and went his way” (v.50). Now that he is prepared to believe Christ, without seeing signs, he is satisfied with His Word of promise, and so went his way, asking for nothing else.
He had the blessedness of the man who had not seen, and yet had believed, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (Jh.20:29).
This is the faith that crowns the Christ with glory and honour.
The faith that saves is a faith that acts assuredly.
To have faith in Christ for anything promised, that is yet unseen, is to have the evidence that thing is in reality for you (Heb.11: 1).
We walk by faith, not by sight. What vital importance our Lord always associates with His words. They are “spirit and life.” A man is either blessed or doomed, according to his attitude toward them.
To believe His testimony is to set to our seal that God is true (Jh. 3:33).
God is true and is faithful; he is the author of the system of doctrines, and will fulfil all that he has promised, (Mt 24:35) declares, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
To be a believer is to pledge ourselves for the truth, to seal it as our own, to adopt it, to choose it, and solemnly assent to it, as a man does in regard to an instrument of writing that is to convey his property, or that is to dispose of it when he dies.
Every Christian is a witness for God, and it is his business to show by his life that he believes that God is true to his threatenings and to his promises, ”Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” (Isa.43:10,11).
It is a solemn act to become a Christian. It is a surrender of all to God, or giving away body, soul, and spirit to him, with a belief that he is true, and alone is able to save.
To disbelieve this record is to make God a liar (1.Jh. 5:10).
So the father knew that it was at the self same hour in the which Jesus said unto him, “Thy son liveth”
Is such faith not always confirmed by the providence of God ?
Had Joshua not confess, at the end of his eventful life, that “not one thing had failed of all that the Lord had promised ? ” (Josh. 23:14).
Believe and thou shalt see, for in the “self same hour” in which the almighty Redeemer says that expected thing shall be done, it will be done.
Those who go in faith, and at His bidding, as this nobleman did, will surely find that He is faithful who hath promised.