Your Son Lives
Originally scheduled for April 29
Many Christians will tell you that communion is
a personal encounter with Jesus. They see it as a time and place
where Jesus can talk to them. It is also a time and place in which
we proclaim to the world what we believe.
We proclaim that we believe in
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We proclaim that we believe that
Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, died and was buried in the
We believe that by the power of God
he rose from the dead in bodily form.
We believe that Christianity is not a
solo flight; we are in communion with the other saints around us.
We believe that Christ is coming to
judge the living and the dead, with forgiveness for those who
We believe In the resurrection of all
mankind, some to eternal life and others to eternal condemnation.
But it is not sufficient for you to acknowledge
all these things (and more; but these will do.) There are actions
that you are obliged to take because you believe.
Actions such as obedience to his
Actions such as forgiveness of
others, so that we might be forgiven.
In short, it is not sufficient to believe
alone. You have to act on it. Let us take a look at an example of
Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the
water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at
Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into
Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal
his son; for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him,
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not
believe." The royal official *said to Him, "Sir, come down before my
child dies." Jesus *said to him, "Go; your son lives." The man
believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off. As he was
now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living.
So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then
they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left
him." So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus
said to him, "Your son lives"; and he himself believed and his whole
(John 4:46-53 NASB)
The royal official is an example of how this
should be done. He showed faith in the fact that he went to Jesus —
a two day trip. Jesus challenges him; after all, what does this
official have to lose. But when Jesus complains the man returns to
his original point; he wants Jesus to come with him to heal his son.
Jesus replies in a rather unexpected way: he tells him to go, for
his son lives.
The man passes the test. He is obedient to the
command of Christ, and he goes. On the way back home he finds out
that his son has been cured. He now has a belief that is confirmed
by the facts. It is an example for us; our faith should be
sufficiently strong that we will act and await the reply of God.
One of the best mentors C. S. Lewis ever had
was George MacDonald. He expressed it this way:
"Instead of asking yourself whether you believe
or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing
because he said 'Do it' or abstained because he said 'Do not do it'.
It is simply absurd to say you believe . . . if you do not do
anything he tells you." The extent to which we are willing to obey
is a useful barometer for measuring the depth of our relationship
Let’s look at some of the “DO’s”:
Do you tell others about Christ?
Do you pray, consistently, for
Do you visit those who are sick, or
And we have some “DON’Ts”:
What about adultery? Is it forbidden,
or just a casual affair do you?
Do envy and greed drive your life?
What about pride? Does everyone
around you know why your nose is in the air?
Mean what you say in communion; take action.
Run your life the way Jesus would have you run it.