There was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.
They had rejected him when he was at home, but when they saw him performing in the city they changed their attitude. At home they felt small beside him, but in the city they felt big because of him: he had put Nazareth on the map. The ego enters everywhere and leads wherever it will. It cares about nothing except its own need to feel big – or to feel at least that it exists. Someone said cynically once, “Who cares what the general public thinks? Their opinion is a lottery.” Not so, I'm afraid. Our opinions are not random like a lottery; they are fairly consistently the work of the ego.
Is there any hope for us? Of course! How could there be no hope for a Christian?
“Sir, come down before my child dies!” said the official (John does not say whether this official was a Jew or a Gentile; it is everyone.) Love made that official think and feel beyond his ego.
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