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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Roadwork - Part 3: Intersections

There are intersections in life when we bump into Jesus and He has advice for how we should be living: how we work, parent, manage money, handle sex, etc.

Church should be a place where you can belong before you believe.

“When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:45‬ ‭NIV

They remembered Him as the guy who went crazy in the temple and chased all the merchants out with a whip!

“Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine."

They remembered Him as the guy who turned water into wine.  Everyone wanted Him to come to their party!

And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:46‬ ‭

Desperation always draws us closer to Jesus - when we are willing to try anything!

“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.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:47‬ ‭

He runs 20 miles to Galilee and finds Jesus and begs Him.

““Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.””
‭‭John‬ ‭4:48‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Don't focus on the miracle, focus on Me (Jesus).

“The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:49

The man is left at a crossroads.  Will He make more demands or will he believe.  Just like us, He is at the intersection and must trust and obey or go our OWN way.  Will we do what WE think is right or what Jesus has told us to do and trust Him to bless us?

“The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:50-53‬ ‭

He believed, he obeyed, he took action, and Jesus blessed Him.  He walked by faith and not by sight.  The moment he did, Jesus changed everything!

Are you willing to take Jesus at His word, no matter what circumstances you are facing?

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