What’s most Important? Who is Jesus or What He can do?
“43 After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 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.
46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 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.
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” John 4:43-48 NIV
Hmmm. These passages seem to contradict one another.
Verse 44 says, “Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.”
Verse 45 says, “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.”
What’s happening here? Was He not honored? Was He welcomed?
Jesus was from Galilee and the hometown folks were happy that a local boy made it to the big city with His miracles.
2 Things that Do NOT bring Honor to Jesus
1 – They were not interested in who He was.
2 – They were excited about what He could do.
The Galileans were excited about Jesus’ miracles, but they were not interested in who He was. This was dishonoring to Jesus. Because they were interested in Jesus as the miracle worker, but not as Jesus as Savior, they did not give Him honor, but rather welcomed Him as a miracle worker.
I wonder how often the same happens in worship services today. We welcome Jesus because He is our provider. We welcome Him because He can give us entry into Heaven. We welcome Jesus because He can heal us. We welcome Him because of all He can do for us, yet failing to give Him honor for who He is to us. The Savior of the world.
When was the last time you poured out yourself before Jesus – the Savior of the world? When was the last time you demonstrated your love for Jesus with a reckless abandonment?
Lord forgive me for the times I have been more interested in what You can do than in Who You are. I don’t want to just know about You as the miracle worker. I want to know You as my Lord and my Savior. I don’t want to know You as Bible trivia. I want to know You as my friend. In the great name of Jesus Christ my Lord, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.