John 4:54 reads "This was the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee". Do you remember what Jesus second miracle was? Do you remember what his first miracle was? Most of us do. It was the changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana. But its interesting that we usually forget or don't know what his second miracle was. John 4 records that the second miracle of Jesus was the healing of an official's son.
The story tells us that a man had heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee so he went and asked him to come to his place because his son was at the point of death. What's interesting is that Jesus doesn't immediately drop everything and head off to heal the boy. It was different to when he headed to Jairus home to heal his little girl. It's interesting to see that Jesus asks the man to return home and have faith that his son will be healed. What i find even more interesting are the words found in verse 50. Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man BELIEVED THE WORD that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
The reason i find this so interesting is the fact that John records this as the second miracle performed by Jesus. The official would have had a lot of faith in the words of Jesus. Think about it. He hadn't seen or heard of Jesus healing other people before. The only miracle Jesus had performed was changing the water into wine. This man would have placed his faith only on that miracle and on the words he had heard about Jesus or from the sermons of Jesus to the crowds. To take Jesus at his word would have required a great desire and faith for the miracle to take place. What's even more beautiful is that when he sees the miracle take place and sees that Jesus word is true through the healing of his son he himself believed, and all his household.
How wonderful it is to see the marvellous things God can do in our lives if we just take Him at His word. I would like to challenge you today to take Jesus at His word. Know that when Jesus says something you can count upon the certainty of those words. May we believe in Him without the need to see but trust whole-heartedly that His love and grace is enough to carry us through the good times and the bad and that no matter what may our lives echo the words written in John 4:50 - "The man (or woman) believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way." Lets walk away today believing that God will finish the good work He has begun in us.
God bless you