A Prophet Has No Honor

A prophet has no honor in his own country

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John 4:43-54 A Prophet Has No Honor

JOHN 4:43-45  43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.

When had Jesus testified, "a prophet has no honor in his own country"?
"When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief." (Matthew 13:54-58)

So why did the Galileans receive Him this time?
John 4:45 says that some of them had seen His miracles in Jerusalem.

Are they now true followers of Jesus?
Not necessarily, but they're interested in Him doing some miracles for them too. There is a difference between a follower and a consumer of Jesus.

Which are you?

JOHN 4:46-54  46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” 49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” 52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. 54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

When did the fever leave the nobleman's son?
"Yesterday at the seventh hour" (John 4:52), meaning 1PM of the day before his servants confirmed the healing.

What did the nobleman do until he could confirm what Jesus had said?
He "believed the word that Jesus spoke to him" (John 4:50) and kept walking as Jesus instructed.

Should we do any differently?


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