Where Do You Live?

Where do you live?

John 4:46-53

 
 

As Jesus walked around healing people, performing miracles, and saying things that were astounding to people on Earth, it seemed that He lived in another world. A world that was here; and not here. A world that played by different rules and had a different nature than the broken, fear shaped, and twisted one that we all experience. Do you know why that is? It’s because there is another Kingdom that He lived in right here on Earth. It is the Kingdom He talked about bringing in when He told the men in the synagogue that He was here to bring the Jubilee. It is the Kingdom He talked about in His Beatitudes in Matt 5. It is the Kingdom of Heaven He spoke about in the synoptic Gospels. What most people don’t get is that it isn’t for later, it’s for NOW!

 
 

Jesus was so iconoclastic was because He was living in the Kingdom of God right before our eyes, and this is the Kingdom He expects us, yes us, to live in right now.

 
 

The example here, in John 4:45-54, shows us that Jesus’ reality was in the Kingdom of God right in front of us. Some people get it, and enter in; they have eyes to see and ears to hear. Some are on the outside looking in, but seeing they never see, hearing they never hear.

 
 

In the John 4 passage, the nobleman got it. He knew there was a reality to Jesus that transcended this one. He knew, whether Jesus was physically present with his son or not, that somehow Jesus had the ability to transcend the unchangeables in this world and make them impotent.

 
 

Jesus’ comment in verse 48 highlights this. He tells the man, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe,” mocking the Pharisees who were constantly demanding that Jesus prove his identity through magic tricks and signs.

The nobleman begged Him to come; however, when Jesus said, “Go. Your son will live,” the man immediately believed Jesus and went on his way.

There was this understanding that in Jesus’ world, this is the norm. The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the sick are healed. These aren’t individual miracles; this is the way of life in the Kingdom.

Jesus was not telling us to wait for a day when these things would simply happen and everyone would be happy. He was saying as we live in the Kingdom now, as we believe in what is coming, these things will happen and more (John 20:29).

 
 

We will see, as we go through the book of John, that Jesus was all about telling us the new way to live, not the new life to wait for. It’s here, it’s now, it’s coming into the world. We are to live as though God’s reality is our reality. We are to live as if He were telling us the truth….to believe is to know that His Kingdom is, as NT Wright says, breaking through our existence as new grass breaks through the ground in spring.

 
 

2Cor 5;17-21 tells us that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come. We are born into this new kingdom at our confession of faith. We are to live there, as it really is, not upholding the things of this world as if it were the greater reality. It is not. The greater reality is the Kingdom of God, of which we are ambassadors. We are to be active reconciling others to God so they may know the reality of the world that is, and is to be.

 
 

So where are you living? Are you in the real world or are you still outside in the dark with weeping and gnashing of teeth?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

Questions:

 
 

Read John 4:45-53, John 2:18; 6:30; 11:21; Mk 5:35; Luke 8:49 

 
 

Verses 46-49

1. After reading the cross references, what do these people have in common?

2. What goals did they have their eyes set on?

3. Were they able to see the Kingdom that Jesus was showing them?

4. What way of life were they used to and what kept them from seeing?

5. What would faith in Jesus’ Kingdom have done for them?

 
 

Verses 50-51

6 .What was different about the Nobleman?

7 . What Kingdom reality did he trust in?

8. How did that affect his situation, his fear level, his reality?

 
 

Verses 52-53

9. What statements about his son confirmed the reality that he trusted?

10. How did the nobleman test this miracle? Should he have?

11. Why do you think God asks us to reason with Him?

12. How much certainty in God’s Kingdom do you have?

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

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