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Beyond the Miracle
John 4:43-54
Introduction:
We are not seeking miracles, we are seeking Jesus: the Miracle-maker.
Miracles are signs which point beyond themselves.
Two-fold purpose the of signs in the Gospel of John.
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  • They point to Jesus the Messiah
  • They point to life-giving faith; believing which brings eternal life.
1- Back to Cana
  • Sometimes you have to go back to the place where you experienced a miracle.
  • Where is that place where you need thank God for what he did in your life?  Go back to your Cana and allow God to reset and renew the faith in your heart for the miracle you need in your life.
2-Walking to Cana  (v.47)
  • Cana was 20 miles from Capernaum, which is 700 feet below sea level. It was an uphill climb.
  • Sometimes faith is measured in miles.  You cannot earn a miracle or manipulate God. But sometimes God wants to see how serious you are about needing a miracle.
Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. (Dallas Willard)
  • Don’t wait for the miracle to come to you, go get it!
3- Life-Giving Faith: Beyond the Miracle
  • Faith is sometimes viewed as a kind of temperament; ie. some people are more trusting, whereas others are more skeptical, cynical.
  • Life-giving faith is available to everyone.
A. Life-giving faith has its reasons(v.47)
When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
  • Most things you believe you take on the authority of someone else
B. Life-giving faith moves beyond reason to real trust
  • Why the enigmatic response of Jesus to his empassioned plea for a miracle?
 Love: This man knows about Jesus, but he doesn’t know who Jesus is.
  • “Go, (alone) your son will live.” –  a response worse than the first response of Jesus.
 Can he trust his son’s life to this man’s claim?
  • Key verse:  the man took Jesus at his word and departed.
  • The difference between believing in someone, to life-giving faith is when you trust that person with your life.  (ie. Charles Blondin)
  • Whatever drives you is what you trust.
C. It is the OBJECT of your faith that saves you, not the quality of your faith.
  • It is not great faith in Christ that heals, its faith in a great Christ.  Cling to him.
  • Life-giving faith loves Jesus for who he is not just for the benefits you can get.

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