Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Do you ever feel rebuked by Jesus when you come to Him in prayer? Maybe it seems as if He is saying, “All my children ever want is for me to fix their problems. You never come unless there’s something in it for you.” If so, what do you do? Does it discourage you? Do you withdraw your request? Does it keep you from even asking the next time you have a need?
In John 4:43-54, once again Jesus arrives in Cana and once again he rebukes the one who comes to Him with a request. And once again that only seems to increase that person’s faith. Why does Jesus often seem to meet requests with a stiff arm? Maybe a bigger question is: Why do the Gospel writers tell us about it? Couldn’t they just smooth it over? Could it be that they share these things because they too know that this is also the experience of many who come to Him in faith?
Join us in worship as we learn from a father that travels from Capernaum to Cana in order to ask Jesus something, only to get his request denied, and yet he receives because he takes Jesus at His word. He has much to teach us about the life of faith, a life that is experienced through prayer and Christ’s Word. From him we actually learn how Christ’s bride is called to relate to Him as her groom.