Lifegroup map 3/29/09 “Magnified Motivation” John 4:43-54
Please choose any One of the following Ice breakers:
(Everyone doesn’t have to answer the same one… pick the one you like!)
Finish this sentence: “America’s current economic crisis… ___________”
How do you deal with times of uncertainty?
What was your favorite family pet when you were growing up?
Life exploration time: Read out-loud John 4:43-54
Brief note: This official who approaches Jesus traveled at least 14 miles to ask Jesus to heal his son. This father would’ve more than likely exhausted every/all/several resources prior to taking a chance on Jesus:
He would’ve had access to the finest physicians.
He also had the financial resources, being a royal authority, to seek any other potential alternatives.
Keep in mind that even with all of the privileges/benefits of his powerful position, the father’s desperation/urgency prompted him to seek out Jesus, apparently, as a last resort. Yet, Jesus not only helps this Gentile family physically, the end result is a spiritual healing too!
~ In Jn 4:43-44. Consider and discuss which town John refers to.
Is this an implication that the Samaritan town, Sychar, is His hometown; if not why not?
~ Jn 4:48-50.
Why does Jesus seem frustrated?
Why doesn’t this “frustration” deter the father?
What’s the actual reassurance (if any) he gets from Jesus?
~ Jn 4:50-53. Share your thoughts regarding the father’s quest for a physical healing for his son but unintentionally/unexpectedly ends up finding faith and believes in Jesus…
- Also, what implications exist for us today in light of this twist of events?