43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
[Went into Galilee] Jesus continued the journey which he began at the beginning of the chapter.
44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
[A prophet hath no honor in his own country] See Matthew 13:53-58 for an interesting example of this truth. It appears that on this journey Jesus may have bypassed, or at least not stayed long, at his hometown, Nazareth, as he travelled to the coast of Galilee.
45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.[The Galilaens received him] They received him as the promised Messiah because of the miracles they had seen him perform at Jerusalem, at the passover. See John 2:23.
46 So 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.
[Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine] Cana was on the road from Nazareth to Capernaum
[A certain nobleman] An officer of the king's court, for such is the meaning of the original word which may also be translated, "A little King". This officer belonged to Herod Antipas, who was then the tetrarch of Galilee. When he heard that Jesus was in Galilee he went to Cana to entreat Jesus to heal his child.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
[Except ye see signs and wonders] Our Lord did not tell this man
that he had no faith, for if he had none he would not have come from
Capernaum to Cana to beg him to heal his son. Jesus addressed these words
to all of the Galilean Jews in general, for he used the plural, which he
never would if addressing an individual.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
[Sir, come down] He did not think our Lord could cure him without being present. Perhaps this sheds some light on the problem of unbelief without miracles. Our human experience is within a physical body and we have difficulty understanding the spiritual. If God is not physically among us, performing miracles, how can one be sure he is still active? Christ provided the answer to his disciples in John 14, especially verses 16-26. We, who are born again (John 3:1-7), have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us, teaching and comforting. Our Galilean neighbors need their spiritual awareness raised by introduction to the Word of God and to our Savior.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
[Go thy way, thy son liveth] Had our Lord gone with him as he
wished, his unbelief would not have been fully removed as he would have still
thought that our Lord's power could not reach from Cana to Capernaum. In order
to destroy his unbelief and bring him into the fullness of faith in
his surpeme power, he cures him, being apparently absent, by the energy
through which he fills the heavens and the earth.
[And the man believed] His understanding may not have been perfect, but he had faith in what Jesus said and he acted upon it.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him,
saying, Thy son liveth.
[Then inquired he of them the hour] The servants, overjoyed to find their master's son so suddenly restored, set off to meet him, that they might tell him what they knew would be so pleasing, and he, intent on having his faith verified, began immediately to inquire what time it was when the fever left him, to see whether his cure was the effect of some natural cause or whether it was done by the power of Christ.
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
[So the father knew] He had the fullest proof that his son's cure was supernatural and that it was wrought by Christ.
[Himself believed, and his whole house.] He and his whole family
became true converts to the doctrine of the manifested Messiah. They, no
doubt, at first thought God was dealing hardly with them when threatening
to remove the child, but now they see that in very faithfulness God had
afflicted them. The sickness of the child became the means of salvation to
the whole household.
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
[The second miracle] The first miracle which Christ performed in Cana was just after his baptism, this second miracle in Cana took place when he returned from his trip to Jerusalem.
Based upon excerpts from Adam Clarke's Commentary, 2nd edition published in New York by Lane and Scott, 1850. More recent editions may be purchased from Amazon.com
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