When Jesus hits Galilee, where he had lived for many years, they didn’t believe what people were saying about him. No honour in his hometown. And so, Jesus was merciful and powerful in demonstrating his identity, healing an official’s son with his words…
43 After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.
46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.
Jesus seems upset with the Galileans because he says they won’t believe him without signs and wonders. He isn’t wrong. Jesus knows that a prophet has no honour in his hometown. When you are from there everyone expects you to be what you were and what they are and not what you have become.
Have you experienced that? I have. When Jesus changes your life from the person you were to the person you are, people don’t believe you can change and they don’t believe you did change. Because they don’t believe in the life-changing power of Jesus.
Of course, Jesus always was Messiah, and so their expectations of him were based on them not knowing – they didn’t know that the regular guy – the carpenter’s son – was the Son of God. And so in Galilee, Jesus has to earn the recognition more than anywhere else.
Perhaps the most important lesson for the Galileans and for us in this story is that we can take Jesus at his word. When Jesus says he has healed the official’s son, it happened as Jesus spoke the words.
Remember that Jesus is the one whose words created this world and the universe. Colossians 1 says that Jesus holds it all together. He has proved himself over and over, and as the hymn says, “Oh for faith to trust him more…”