Coming Out

John 4:50-54 WEB

Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. [51] As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying “Your child lives!” [52] So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him.” [53] So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” He believed, as did his whole house. [54] This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.


Anyone who is interested in ministry in signs and wonders needs to take note of the last sentence in the above verse, “having come out of Judea into Galilee.” Jesus’ first miracle happened in Galilee when Jesus had come out of Judea (John 2:11). Likewise, his second miracle happens after Jesus comes out of Judea.

If the modern church wants to move in signs and wonders they are going to have to come out of the church and go to the hurting. More importantly, they need to come out of their attitudes of self-sufficiency and return to dependence on God. For some, coming back to dependence will require them to ask God to remove some things.

Take away a bit of security, take away a bit of comfort, and then the believer in the western world can be reintroduced to dependence on the Lord. This is something only a true seeker of the Lord will do. Give up the life and luxury of the world in exchange for life in the spirit.


Lord Jesus, please help me loosen my grip on worldly security and comfort. Help me in truth cry out, “less of me and more of you Lord.” In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Birthplaces

John 4:43-50 WEB

After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee. [44] For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. [45] So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast. Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. 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 begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. [48] Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way 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.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.


Jesus was born in Bethlehem and that made him a Judean. He was raised in Nazareth and seemed to base his ministry out of Capernaum of Galilee, yet still, he identified himself as coming from Judea. Jesus knew where he came from. He knew the stories of his miraculous birth. Jesus recognized he was from a better place and that is where he identified as his home country.

Every person who is in Christ has been born into the heavenly realms. This world is no longer our home. We are not from a certain country or continent, rather, we are from heaven. Having a correct orientation to our birthplace will define everything we do. Where we are born gives us a part of our identity. Where we are born gives us our purpose. Jesus knew he was born in a better place than Galilee, He knew he was from the royal line of David.

It is interesting to note that when Jesus returned to Galilee, it was that which was done in Jerusalem of Judea that caused the people of Capernaum to have an interest. It was that which originated in Jesus’ province of birth that caused interest in the Galileans.

Speaking of the first birth we all relate to a physical location on earth. Yet, when we experience the second birth that is by the Spirit, we have heaven as our hometown. Those things we get from our hometown of heaven will attract the attention of the lost here on earth. In the above text, Jesus chides the man for wanting to see a sign and then heals the child with no sign. Signs attract the attention of the world. But it is our faith that will help the lost make appropriate sense of signs when they come.


Lord Jesus, please help me identify as a person from heaven so that I can have a correct perspective on earth. Please let my life shine light into others’ darkness that I may lead some to salvation.