healing-royal-sonToday, we look at the second miracle that Christ Jesus performed in the book of John to see how the kingdom of God is explained.
John 4:46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 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. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
This miracle represents how the kingdom of God will be spread on this earth – through the spoken word.  The Lord Jesus spoke the word, and the son of the official was healed that very hour.  This shows the power that the word of the good news of the kingdom of God has.  The very preaching of the kingdom of God can bring healing and comfort to them that hear it, believe it, and receive it.  Paul further told us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  What is the word of God?  It is the gospel, or good news of the kingdom.  The healing occurred because the official believed what he heard.  It is this process of hearing and believing that brings healing and life to us.  Let us not be numbered among those that must see in order to believe, but rather let us be those who hear the word and believe it.