“Yesterday At One” ( John 4: 46 – 53, NEB ) by Carley Evans

At Cana-in-Galilee, Jesus meets an officer in the royal service whose son is lying ill at Capernaum. The father has heard that Jesus is arrived from Judea. He comes to Jesus, begging that the Lord return to his home to cure his son, “who [is] at the point of death.” Jesus — exasperated — says to the father, “Will none of you ever believe without seeing signs and portents?” The royal officer only begs the more. Jesus tells him to return to his home where he will find that his son will live.

“The man believes what Jesus says and starts for home.” On his way, his servants meet him. They tell him, “Your boy is going to live.”

The father asks what time it was when his son started to recover. His servants say, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father remembers that this was the exact time Jesus told him his son would live.

“He and all his household become believers.”

The father believes enough in Jesus to pay attention to His command to return home. But, it’s hard to imagine that on his walk back to Capernaum this worried father did not begin to doubt. Why didn’t Jesus come with him? Did this Jesus not care enough to make the journey? What if my son dies? What will I do then?

When his servants find him, I imagine they are over-joyed, excited to tell their master that his son is recovering — his fever has broken; he is not completely well at this point. The father accepts their assessment, but wants to confirm that Jesus is the direct cause of the wonderful result. He asks the time the fever broke; and only when the time matches the time when Jesus said that his son will live does the father truly believe in the Lord Jesus.

The final results are a healed child and the salvation of a household. “This is now the second sign which Jesus performs after coming down from Judea into Galilee.” (John 4:54) The first was changing water into wine.

“Perfect Peace” (Isaiah 26: 4, ESV) by Carley Evans

When I focus on the Lord, my mind is kept in perfect peace. As long as Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus walking on the water, he is able to walk on water, too. As long as I know my Lord is an everlasting rock upon which I am able to stand, I will remain there; and I will not fear the storms which rage about me. Peter only sinks when he loses his focus on Christ.

Peter throws his net out because Jesus tells him to do so. He doesn’t really expect results. Yet, Peter catches fish — so many fish. He catches fish because he trusts Jesus.

Miracles happen, even when I don’t expect them. I turn and see them, surprised and delighted that God loves me so much. He protects me; and my gratitude is palpable. In the ordinary chain of events which should result in disaster — but miraculously don’t, I see God’s hand.

I doubt that Peter, James, and John expect Jesus to transfigure before them on the mountaintop. I imagine they are pleased to be spending time with Him, time alone on a hike. But, I doubt they expect to see His face shine “like the sun, and His clothes become white as light.” (Matthew 17: 2)

So often, the ordinary turns extraordinary. God appears, fully evident to us. Peter, James, and John want to build three tents, and stay there! Thrilled to experience the full glory of God, they decide it is “good that we are here.” (Matthew 17: 4)

Better to carry that mountaintop experience with you — by trusting in the Lord. Keep your mind “stayed on” God; and He “will keep [you] in perfect peace.” (Isaiah 26: 3)