46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.
54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
“Where were you when the world stopped turning?”, Alan Jackson asked in his 2001 ballad. Most of us can remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew jet planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
One vivid memory that I have is the affect that 9/11 had upon our nation. People turned to God for answers and comfort. Churches were packed on Sunday. President George W. Bush and Dr. Billy Graham spoke words of hope and encouragement from the pulpit of the National Cathedral. There was a heightened interest in the things of God. It took a national tragedy for people to believe in God.
A certain man of public stature in Capernaum heard that Jesus was coming to his town. This man’s son was dying of a terrible sickness. The nobleman of Galilee was desperate and called upon Jesus to heal his son. Jesus tested him by stating that “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The Bible records that this man “believed the word that Jesus spoke to him” and his son was miraculously healed.
What will it take in order for you to believe? Will it take a tragedy, a sickness, a death? Will God have to perform some sign or miracle before you begin trusting Him with your life?
“Doubting” Thomas wanted to see the nail prints in the hand of Jesus before he could put trust in the risen Lord. Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
The blessings of God come to those who do not need signs and wonders to believe in the Lord.
What will it take for you to put your trust in Him today?