The last prophecy in the Old Testament is about the coming Messiah, “For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.” (Malachi 4:2) Yahweh Rophe (I AM your Healer) loves to heal, “Let all that I am praise Yahweh, for he forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” (Psalm 103:2-3)
Five hundred years before Jesus left heaven to save the world, a prophet foretold that Yahweh’s Messiah would be crushed to pay for our sins, and we would be healed by his blood. (Isaiah 53:5) This redeeming blood is what we, as Jesus’ disciples, claim to overcome the satanic forces of hell in the spiritual war we fight every day, “They defeated the dragon by the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of all martyrs.” (Revelation 12:11)
This story is the second sign in a series of seven in the Gospel of John. In the master icon, the man weeping and releasing his faith is the royal official whose son was about to die. Jesus was his last hope. The official’s servant is shocked at the miraculous healing of his master’s son.
Jesus the Messiah is rising in the distance with righteousness and healing in his wings illustrating the Malachi 4 prophecy. The glowing mountain behind Jesus illustrates his teaching on the power of faith, “I tell you the truth: if you have faith the size of a tiny seed, you can tell a mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) The Father’s consuming fire hand reaches into the official’s home flooding that dark room of imminent death with shining light and healing power. The bondage chains of infirmity are broken, and the son walks outside with arms raised in worship and set free by the power of the Holy Spirit (dove & fire) upon him.
The warrior angel next to him raises his sword in celebration of God’s power and victory over death. The cherubim angel’s focus face is an eagle illustrating the spiritual clarity given to this royal official and his family to witness Jesus’ power and believe in him as God’s Messiah. The fruit-bearing tree, flowers, and river of life illustrate the spiritual harvest of this family and the faith movement in this region.
Official’s Son Healing story sketches
Sketch #1: Healed son – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the power of God demonstrated through Jesus’ healing of the royal official’s son.
Sketch #2: Sick son – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where the royal official travels to find Jesus and begs him to come to his house and heal his son.
Sketch #3: Jesus & broken chains – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus tells the man to go home, because he has already healed his son.
Sketch #4: Believing house – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the royal official and his entire family witness God’s power and believe in Jesus as Messiah.
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