A Bewildered Man Who Became A Believing Man — Changed Lives Series #5

References: John 4:46-54

Aial, the nobleman of this story, possessed many things and had no need that could be detected on the surface. We may reasonably assume that he was in service at the court of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee. Indeed, some have suggested that he may have been Chuza, Herod’s prime minister (Luke 8:3), or even Manaean, Herod’s foster brother (Acts 13:1).

His eminence and influence, however, had not immunized him to the tragedy of sickness and threatening death. His child was seriously ill and all human help had proven to be in vain. In the face of this tragedy, his resources fell short, and he became a bewildered man.

So, in desperation, he came seeking the only One who could heal his son, even the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a bewildered man who became a believing man. What is interesting about this man is that he did not come to Jesus because of his faith. His faith was defective. He came because he wanted to exhaust all of the possibilities for a good outcome - and Jesus was last on his list of possibilities.


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David received a BA in Ancient Language from Wheaton College and an MA in New Testament Theology from Wheaton Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England) in Biblical Studies. He served as the Stephen Olford Professor of Expository Preaching with Union University (TN.) from 2007 to 2016.

In 2009, David’s book, Find Us Faithful: Leadership that Leaves a Legacy was published by B&H Publishing. Together with his father, he coauthored the widely acclaimed, Anointed Expository Preaching. He also compiled the book, A Passion for Preaching, in honor of his father. As both a teacher and preacher, Dr. David Olford has shared his passion for God’s inerrant Word across the United States and in numerous foreign countries.

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