River Rock Baptist Church
Friday, September 18, 2020
All To The Glory of God
John Lesson #14!


John 4:46-54


The Nobleman works directly for the King. A man of prominence and means. He seeks out the Lord and besought [begged] Him to work a miracle for his sick son. Jesus says, go back home, it's all fine now. [Home was at least 20 miles away!] The Nobleman didn't question or doubt it, but instantly believed...without seeing!

John 20:29
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

While walking home he's met with his own servants whom he had left with his son. Most of us would see them and assume they were coming to tell us the child had finally died. But he knew better, and seeing the smiles on their faces he knew what they were about to say. Indeed, they were come to tell him the child was fine now.


Truly fascinating is what the Nobleman asked them. "What time did he get better?" It was at the exact moment Jesus spoke the word. This is how faith is supposed to work.

1.     Man has problem.
2.     Man brings problem to Jesus.
3.     Jesus makes promise to man.
4.     Man takes Jesus at His word.
5.     Jesus comes through!

This is how faith is supposed to work. Without faith it's impossible to please God. Faith is humble trust in the promises of God.


This story is a beautiful illustration of salvation. In his gospel, John selected seven of the many miracles of Jesus to tell us about. And he had a specific reason for choosing these seven. It was so people would believe in Jesus.

John 20:30-31
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Contrast Jesus' first and second miracles:


Water to Wine:                              Healing Nobleman's Son:


Power over nature                         Power over disease


Time of joy                                   Time of sorrow


To bring pleasure                          To relieve suffering


Power over time                            Power over space



I. The Nobleman had a great sorrow.

        A.    The Condition of the son.

He's at the point of death, and death is no respecter of age


This passage also reminds us that Jesus can take the point of death and turn it into the point of life.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death...that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

This means that Jesus tasted death so we could have eternal life. He took the point of death and turned that very point into the point of life.

        If a person dies lost, they move from death to death. Physical death leads to spiritual death...the 2nd death in hell.

Revelation 20:14-15
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

        The lost person's body dies, and soul is separated from body. But then the soul is separated from God! It's sad enough to experience physical death, but all the more tragic to experience spiritual death.

        The saved moves from death to life.

John 11:25-26
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Actually, it was the son's condition which brought his father to Jesus.

        B.    The Position of the father.

He was in authority and good social standing, and yet he has a major crisis in his life. Problems are no respecter of means



II. The Nobleman had a great Savior.

This nobleman had a great sorrow and he took it to the Great Savior! He had faith, and believed without seeing!



        A.    He had a crisis faith.

v. 49        He thought Jesus had to be present to heal his son. But God is not bound by distance. 

God is not bound by distance. He is as close as your need!



        B.    He grew a confident faith.

v. 50-52   That's faith. Jesus said it, and the man believed it. He was so confident in this news, that he wasn't even hurrying home. He delayed 'til the next day. He believed without seeing!



        C.    He had a confirmed faith.

v. 53        Do you think the Nobleman ever doubted Christ for the rest of his life? Is there any way you could ever talk this guy out of his faith at this point? Could you convince him that Christ was not God? 



        D.    He had a contagious faith.

v. 53b      'His whole house!'

His wife, his kids, servants, etc. They saw God work, they heard the nobleman's testimony, and they believed as well.