20 A government official seeks healing for his sick son.

Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14–15; Luke 4:14–15; John 4:45–54

What made Jesus immediately popular in Galilee (John 4:45)?

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What about the coming of the Kingdom demanded repentance (Matthew 4:17)?

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Why did the government official think Jesus could heal his son (John 4:46–47)?

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Why did Jesus appear to resist the official’s plea (John 4:48)?

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Why was the official so insistent (John 4:49)?

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What reasons did the man have to let go of his insistence and then leave (John 4:50)?

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On the official’s journey home, where do you think he met his servants (John 4:51)?

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Why was the time of the son’s recovery important to the official (John 4:52)?

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What might the official and his family have believed about Jesus (John 4:53)?

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Some length of time must have elapsed between Jesus’ arrival in Cana and when the official learned that Jesus was there. Why do you think Jesus had not already done another miracle (John 4:54)?

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Jesus entered Galilee in the power of the Spirit, proclaiming the good news of God. The people welcomed him because many had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen what he did there. Reports about him quickly spread throughout the countryside. Everyone praised him as he taught in their synagogues, saying, “The time promised by God has finally come. Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

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Matthew 4:17 After that, Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
Mark 1:14–15 After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the good news of the Kingdom of God. “The time promised by God has finally come. Repent and believe the good news.”
Luke 4:14–15 Jesus entered Galilee in the power of the Spirit. Reports about him quickly spread throughout the countryside. Everyone praised him as he taught in their synagogues.
John 4:45 When Jesus entered Galilee, the people welcomed him because many had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen what he did there.
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Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mark 1:14–15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Luke 4:14–15 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
John 4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

A government official in Capernaum heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee and was in Cana, the place where Jesus had turned the water into wine. So the official went to Cana and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son, who was about to die..

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John 4:45-47 When Jesus entered Galilee, the people welcomed him because many had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen what he did there. A government official in Capernaum heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee and was in Cana, the place where Jesus had turned the water into wine. So the official went to Cana and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son, who was about to die.
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John 4:45-47 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast. So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

“Some of you will never believe,” Jesus said, “unless you see miracles and wonders.”

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John 4:48 “Some of you will never believe,” Jesus said, “unless you see miracles and wonders.”
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John 4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

The official said, “Sir, please come before my son dies.”

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John 4:49 The official said, “Sir, please come before my son dies.”
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John 4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

“You may go,” Jesus said. “Your son will live.”

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John 4:50 “You may go,” Jesus said. “Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and left.
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John 4:50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

The man took Jesus at his word and left. While he was on the way home, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. “When did he begin to get better?” he said.

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John 4:51–52 While he was on the way home, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. “When did he begin to get better?” he said. “Yesterday afternoon,” they said. “At seven o’clock, his fever suddenly disappeared.”
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John 4:51–52 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

“Yesterday afternoon,” they said. “At seven o’clock, his fever suddenly disappeared.”

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John 4:52 “When did he begin to get better?” he said. “Yesterday afternoon,” they said. “At seven o’clock, his fever suddenly disappeared.”
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John 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

The official knew this was the hour Jesus had said, “Your son will live,” so he and his entire household believed in Jesus.

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John 4:53 The official knew this was the hour Jesus had said, “Your son will live,” so he and his entire household believed in Jesus.
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John 4:53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

This was the second miracle Jesus did in Galilee after he left Judea.

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John 4:54 This was the second miracle Jesus did in Galilee, after he left Judea.
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John 4:54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.