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Unfailing Word

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | March 17, 2024 | John 4:49-54              



'Go,' Jesus replied, 'your son will live.' The man took Jesus at his word and departed. John 4:50 (NIV)


The text for today’s devotional shows the incredible power of Jesus's unfailing word in the life of a desperate father. Faced with the impending death of his son, the royal official pleads with Jesus to come and heal his child. Jesus responds with a command: "Go, your son will live." What follows is a remarkable display of faith as the official takes Jesus at His word and departs without any visible proof of his son's healing.

This passage reminds us of the unfailing nature of Jesus's word. The official's faith is not grounded in what he can see or comprehend in the natural but in the authority and trustworthiness of the words spoken by Jesus. As he journeys home, the news of his son's recovery meets him on the way, confirming the power and accuracy of Jesus's word. The specific timing of the healing, aligning precisely with the moment Jesus spoke, underscores the divine precision and reliability of His promises.

In our own lives, we often face situations that demand a response of faith in the unfailing word of Jesus. When circumstances seem dire, and the visible evidence contradicts His promises, we are called to trust in His word with unwavering faith. The royal official exemplifies a faith that goes beyond the tangible, anchored in the belief that Jesus's words are true and powerful, bringing life and transformation.

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE: Trust in the unfailing word of Jesus. Hold fast to His promises, even when our circumstances suggest otherwise. May our faith be characterised by a deep conviction that Jesus's words are authoritative, dependable, and capable of bringing healing, restoration, and life to every area of our existence. May our lives become a testimony to the transformative power of trusting in the unfailing word of our Saviour.



Heavenly Father, I hold fast to every word of promise and prophecy you have spoken concerning my life. I eagerly pray for their manifestation. Help me to sustain the earnest expectations of seeing them come to pass. In Jesus' name. Amen.




DAILY word study: DEPARTED

In John 4:50, the word "departed" indicates that the royal official believed Jesus' words and left to return home. The Greek word used here is ὑπέστρεψεν (hypestrepsen), which means "returned" or "went back." This action speaks volumes about the official's faith and trust in Jesus' words. Despite not physically witnessing any miraculous sign at that moment, the official believed Jesus' promise and acted accordingly. This immediate departure reflects the official's confidence in Jesus' authority and power to heal his son. It demonstrates faith that transcends physical evidence and relies solely on the word of Jesus. The official's action exemplifies obedience and trust in the face of uncertainty and adversity. Reflections:

How does the official's immediate action of departing after hearing Jesus' words reflect his faith and trust in Jesus' promise? How can we emulate such faith in our own lives when faced with challenges or uncertainties?

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