“Go, your son lives”

The Gettysburg Address was only 272 words. It took Abraham Lincoln less than three minutes to deliver it. Edward Everett, the famous orator and U.S. senator who preceded Lincoln spoke for two hours from a prepared manuscript of more than 13,000 words.

After Lincoln’s speech, Everett wrote the president saying, “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.”

The Lord Jesus Christ said more in four words than some could say in 13,000.

Jesus made his way to Cana and was met by a nobleman, probably connected to Herod Antipas who ruled Galilee. The man was worried about his son who was sick with a fever. The nobleman begged Jesus to come heal his son who was close to death (John 4:49). Jesus said four words: “Go, your son lives” (John 4:50 NASB). The nobleman was met on the way by his servants who told him his son was alive and was healed at the same time Jesus said four words.

If we look only at this incident, it does not seem to involve very much. But, there is much more here. Jesus cared about this man’s son, to be sure, but also he cared about his soul. There is nothing in John chapter four indicating that Jesus cared about the nobleman’s position in the government. When Jesus called James and John it was not because of their father’s position in life (Matthew 20:26f). When the Lord talked with the Samaritan woman, it was only because he cared for her soul. He gave himself for men’s souls.

The Lord cares for your soul. He has the power to save you from your sins if you will obey the gospel and give yourself to him.

John told us this nobleman and all the people in his house believed in Jesus (John 4:53). This was the reason why Jesus said those four words. Jesus’ words have great power. They still do today. He spoke and the winds and the water calmed (Mark 4:35-41).

He can bring peace to your life if you will obey him.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for a little more than half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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