Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We arrived to a big welcome from the Galileans. Many of them had seen what Jesus had done at Passover. We continued to Capernaum, a fishing town on the Sea of Galilee, and set up a home base.
Jesus began his ministry, preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” We were a day’s walk from Capernaum, in Cana, when one of the guys that worked for King Herod Antipas came to us.
He begged Jesus to come back to heal his deathly ill son.
“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
I was puzzled at his words.
The official persisted. “Sir, come down before my child dies.” He was on the edge of a breakdown.
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The guy nodded in the affirmative and left. I thought we’d be going back, doesn’t a prophet have to physically do something to heal?
It wasn’t until we got back to Capernaum that we heard the rest of the story. Servants had met the official while he was returning home. They told him that his son was alive.
“Just after noon the fever left him.”
“That was…” he hesitated as realization clawed to the surface, “the same time Jesus said, “your son will live.”
After that the whole household believed in Jesus. I reflected on the puzzling statement later. It was a lesson in faith. Trusting in what Jesus says, based on the evidence of his track record. He is fully capable of healing from a distance.
We continued our journey through the towns, following Jesus as he preached and taught.