no longer dying
Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2393
Joh 4:46 That was why he went again to Cana of Galilee, where he had made the water wine. There was this royal whose son was sick at Capernaum.
Joh 4:47 When this royal heard that Jesus has come from Judea into Galilee, he went to him and pleaded with him to come down and heal his son, since he was about to die.
Joh 4:48 Jesus told him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you people will not believe.”
Joh 4:49 “Sir,” the royal said to him, “come down before my boy dies.”
Joh 4:50 “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son is living.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed.
Joh 4:51 While he was still going down, his servants met him saying that his boy is living.
Joh 4:52 That was why he inquired of them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him,” they answered.
Joh 4:53 The father realized this was that very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son is living.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household.
Joh 4:54 This was also the second sign which Jesus performed again after he came from Judea to Galilee.
no longer dying
Occasionally, some theologians wonder about the meaning of life — literally. They wonder if the words “life,” “alive,” and “living” might mean some kind of esoteric spiritual experience instead of the concept of health and breathing. I direct those wondering theologians to this passage. When Jesus told the royal that his son was living, it was not an esoteric spiritual experience or relationship that he referred to. He meant that the young man got better. He was no longer dying.
The permanent life that is promised in the New Testament is always a permanent reversal of the dying-toward-inevitable-death process. It never means anything else.
LORD, thank you for the promise of permanent life that believers have in Christ.