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Bible Lesson: Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?
Focus: Jesus heals the nobleman’s son, found in Section 5 of this week’s Bible Lesson
Article from The Christian Science Journal: “Scientific Mind-Reading” by Bertha V. Zerega (to access, click the article’s title or the green Article button above)
Excerpt: “Jesus, the loving exponent of the Christ-idea, was no less willing, we may be sure, to respond to the nobleman’s appeal to ‘come down, and heal his son,’ but perceiving that the man relied upon the necessity of his personal presence at his son’s bedside in order that the child should be saved, wished to test him further, and exclaimed, ‘Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.’ So great was the mental distress of the man confronting him, that this ringing denunciation against the faithlessness of the times failed to awaken him from the mesmeric claim of fear possessing him, for he cried out the more urgently, ‘Sir, come down ere my child die.’ Whereupon Jesus cut off any further arguments of error with the positive declaration of the Life that knows no death, when he said, ‘Go thy way; thy son liveth.’”
- What is meant by the reference that Jesus’ works were miracles and signs?
- Are present-day healings miracles?
Painting: The Healing of the Officer’s Son, by James Tissot
Bible Lesson Verses: John 4:46 Jesus, 50, 51, 54
(note: citations in green are from this week’s Lesson; citations in blue are not from this week’s Lesson)
46 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.
“A certain nobleman – One who was of the royal family, connected by birth with Herod Antipas; or one of the officers of the court, whether by birth allied to him or not. It seems that his ordinary residence was at Capernaum. Capernaum was about a day’s journey from Cana, where Jesus then was” (Barnes online).
47 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.
“heard that Jesus was come out of Judea—’where he had doubtless seen or heard what things Jesus had done at Jerusalem’ (John 4:45), [Bengel]” (Jamieson online).
“He went unto him – Though high in office, yet he did not refuse to go personally to Jesus to ask his aid. He felt as a father; and believing, after all that Jesus had done, that he could cure his son, he traveled to meet him” (Barnes online).