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By His Word alone

John 4:46-54

Pastor David Ernst

21st Sunday after Trinity
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Oct 16, 2016 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our text for today is found in the Gospel according to John. We talk about four Gospels. There is only one gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, but the first books of the New Testament are called the four gospels, because each is an account of the life and work of our Lord from different perspectives. Three of them, Matthew, Mark and Luke, have the same outline. Matthew and Luke tells of the birth of Jesus in detail, Marco begins his account with the baptism of Jesus, but apart from this, all three have the same outline. The Gospel of John has a different structure.

Another characteristic of the Gospel of John: He does not use the word "miracle". He speaks of the miracles of Jesus, but uses the word "sign". Our text reads:

"So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was an official of Capernaum whose son was sick. This, as he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, because he was the point d die. Jesus said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe. "

Why he used the word sign? Because these events pointed to the identity of Jesus as the Messiah, the Promised One of Israel.

 "The royal official said to him, Sir, come down before my child dies. Jesus said: Go, your son lives. And the man believed the word that Jesus said, and left. And when he down, his servants met him, and told him, 'Your son lives. He asked them what time he began to amend. And they said yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. The father knew that was the hour when Jesus said unto him, Thy son lives; and he himself believed and his whole house. This second sign Jesus came to do, when he came from Judea to Galilee. "

What can we learn from this story? The word of Jesus had the power to heal the nobleman's son, one word. Jesus did not need to visit the house, He only gave His word. Some people think if we pray strongly and with sincerity, we deserve the response to our plea that we want. But the answer of our prayer depends only on the will and power of God.

The first verses of the Bible reads: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw that the light was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and morning, one day "

Which means, God created heaven and earth only by the power of His Word. In the opening verses of his Gospel, Saint John writes: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; without him nothing that is made was made. "

The word translated "Word" in the King James is λόγος, which means a word pronounced by the living voice, which incorporates a concept or idea. God proclaims His Word and it is done. Then John writes, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,) full of grace and truth." Jesus Christ is the Word (λόγος) made flesh. The Son of God is the Word of God that was with God in the beginning and was God. The Son is God and is equal to God the Father Almighty. That is why Jesus could say, "Your son lives" and his son lived.

This same word through God created the world can touch our hearts and change our lives. For us, the Word of God is the good news of eternal life in Jesus Christ. He died on the cross and rose again the third day to win for us the promise of eternal life. Jesus Christ is the Word, the last revelation in the plan of salvation. We can trust God's promise because the promise is the Word of God.

We can say with King David in our reading of the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7: 18-29), "Now, O Lord God, the word that you have spoken about your servant and his house, establish it forever and do as what you have said."

We know Jesus Christ through the written Word. The Old Testament prophets and the apostles were led by the Spirit to write these books to reveal Christ to us. Christ commanded the apostles and the church to proclaim the Gospel, the Word, to all nations, teaching them to save bauticendolos and his teachings.

We have this promise of eternal life through baptism and in this we have the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.

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