"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe." (John 4:48) "You may go. Your son will live." (John 4:49)

Here Jesus explains his reason for healing. He is responding to a "royal official” who begged Jesus to heal his dying son. Jesus responds with the above statement.

This illustrates that Jesus was not that interested in healing everyone’s body. Obviously he was empowered with this ability: He could have healed everyone he saw if God wanted him to.

After Jesus’ first sentence above (4:48), the official said:
"Sir, come down before my child dies." (John 4:49)
In other words, the official did not care at the moment about God or Jesus' teachings. He was only interested in his son’s survival. Jesus didn’t have to go to his son to touch him or anything. Jesus simply said, “You may go. Your son will live.” In other words, Jesus could heal the man’s son without having to see what he was sick with or even where he was.

How was this? Did Jesus have some magical powers? Where did his miraculous powers come from? In fact, Jesus explains clearly how they powers come from God:
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matt. 21:21-22)
But believe in what or who? Was Jesus taking about people believing in Jesus? This is not logical, because Jesus was standing there in front of them. There would be no need to do a miraculous sign in order to have the man or anyone else who saw Jesus believe that Jesus existed. They saw Jesus with their own eyes.

Furthermore, most of these people also believed in God's existence. Many were ardent attendees of the Jewish temples in fact.

Rather, the word "believe" in this statement and in the statement in John 4:48 is translated from the word πιστεύω (pisteuō), which means to trust - "place confidence in" or "to be intrusted."

In other words, Jesus wanted the man and those around him to put their trust in the Supreme Being. To trust in God means to accept that whatever situation we are in, it is for our best and there is a reason behind it and the Supreme Being is in control. While it doesn't mean we should not take care of our bodies, it means accepting that there is a purpose behind everything that takes place.

Typically, at least in the physical world with respect to hardships related to these temporary physical bodies, things happen in order to teach us.

But does this mean God wants us to suffer? Absolutely not. What is not understood is that these physical bodies are not us. They are temporary vehicles we drive for a short period of time and then they die. When they die we - the spirit-person within - leave them behind.

This means that the pains of the body are specific to the physical body, not the spirit-person. The spirit-person only connects with the pains of the body because we are in the illusion that we are these physical bodies. This is why Jesus also said:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear." (Matt. 6:25)
Why is Jesus teaching this? Because he wanted them to put away their anxieties about their physical body and come to rely upon the Supreme Being.

To rely upon the Supreme Being means to trust Him. It means to accept that He has our best interests at heart and it means to accept Him as our Loving Master and Best Friend.

And why did Jesus not ask God to simply heal everyone, but rather, he chose a select few to heal? Didn’t he care about the others? Jesus was in fact giving everyone the solution to the pain, suffering and death of the physical body. He was trying to teach everyone that the physical body is a temporary vehicle, and the way out isn’t to heal the body: The way out is to return to God.

Should we come to trust and rely upon the Supreme Being - once we return to the loving service of God - we transcend the temporary anxieties related to this temporary physical body. And once the body is finished, we can return to our spiritual home to be with God and the rest of our spiritual family.


(The New International Version was used in the above Biblical quotes. Also consider the Gospels of Jesus - from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)