Because the Samaritan woman shared with her neighbours how Jesus new about her past and present life, the village of Sychar was transformed. Many Samaritans heard and believed. The villagers approached Jesus and repeatedly invited Him to stay with them, so He stayed with them for two days. With the words that came from His mouth, there were many more Samaritans who believed. They began their faith journey because of the testimony of the woman beside the well; but when they heard for themselves, they were convinced that the One they were hearing was indeed God’s Anointed, the Liberating King, sent to rescue the entire world.
After two days of teaching and conversation, Jesus proceeded to Galilee, where His countrymen received Him with familiar smiles. Many there had witnessed His miracle at the feast in Jerusalem; but Jesus understood and often quoted the maxim: “No one honours a hometown prophet.”
As Jesus traveled to Cana (the village in Galilee where He transformed the water into fine wine), He was met by a government official who lived in Capernaum. This man had heard a rumour that Jesus had left Judea and was heading to Galilee, so he came in desperation begging for Jesus’ help because his young son was near death. He was fearful that unless Jesus would go with him to Capernaum, his son would have no hope.
Jesus replied to the man’s request, “My word is not enough for you people; you only believe when you see miraculous signs.”
The Official pleaded, “Sir, this is my son; please come with me before he dies.”
Jesus commanded him, “Go home. Your son will live.”
When the man heard the voice of Jesus, faith took hold of him and he turned and started the journey home; but before he reached his village, his servants met him on the road celebrating his son’s miraculous recovery.
The man enquired of them, “What time did this happen?”, to which his servants replied, “Yesterday, at about one o’clock in the afternoon.”
At that moment, it dawned on the father that this was the exact time that Jesus spoke the words, “Your son will live.”
Because of this, he believed; and when he told his family about his amazing encounter with this Jesus, they believed too.