Blessings in Brokenness

Bible Book: John  4 : 43-54
Subject: Brokenness, Blessings in; Faith; Power of Christ; Healing; Prayer

Blessings in Brokenness

Dr. J. Mike Minnix
John 4:43-54

A royal official came to Jesus concerning his son. Jesus pointed out that the Galileans were just looking for another show (signs). In other words, the Lord was not interested in doing miracles as a kind of circus act to please and astound the people. The official was not dissuaded and pled for his son who was dying. Jesus saw the sincerity in the father and told him to go his way - that the boy would live. The Bible says the man took Jesus at His word, and acting upon faith he arrived at home to find the boy well and hardy. Furthermore, he was told by his servants that the boy had been healed at a particular hour, and it was the very moment Jesus had told the official that the boy would live.

The royal official mentioned in this event probably worked in Herod's employ. It was a long step down, at least in the minds of the higher-ups of that day, for that official to come running to a Carpenter from Galilee for help. Something had broken this man; something wonderful had happened to him!

Note with me several blessings that came from his brokenness and then note the key which made it all happen.

I. Brokenness Changes Priorities

We learned to put first things first! It is likely that the official who came to Jesus was a very busy man, pressed on every side with duties to which he was assigned. However, when his son was sick and it appeared that the boy might die, the priorities of the official changed immediately. It is interesting how things that seem so important can be reduced to nothing in a matter of moments. Tragedy trumps time.

Note a couple of important matters related to this.

A. His Heart

Listen carefully – the first priority in every life ought to be our relationship with God. You can be sure that one day, getting to Him will be a priority in your life. It always comes to that, so you ought to make that your first priority in life. So, get your heart right with God and make that your primary priority.

B. His Home

It is easy to take your home for granted, until some horrible thing happens that reveals to you just how significant the home is in our lives. We seem to take our home life for granted till trouble strikes.

Getting priorities is extremely important and that brings us to the next important issue…

II. Brokenness Causes Prayer

You see, the royal official had to quickly learn to pray. In essence that is exactly what he was doing when he came running to Jesus.

A. Note the Sincerity

“begged him to come"

Look at the sincerity revealed in this man prayer. This was not some practiced prayer or a mundane repetitive religious event. He cried out with all his heart for the Lord to do something. Brokenness is a door to sincerity in prayer!

B. Note the Consistency

You see that he kept asking for Jesus to do something. He was not dissuaded by any remark or rebuff. Jesus loves to see us pray with importunity. It reveals true faith and shows that our very being is wrapped up in our request.

But, note another issue in this man’s request that moved the heart of the Lord.

III Brokenness Ceases Pride

This official came to Jesus in total humility. Without doubt, being a royal official granted the man a place of honor and authority. When we rise to places of victory in the world, pride can be a problem, and we need to remember that God keeps the proud at a distance from Himself. You can never be close to the Lord and walk in pride. When we are broken by life’s circumstances, pride is usually ripped from us quickly and completely. The royal official came to Jesus having learned before he arrived how valueless pride is in the real world.

A. He gladly Came to him

No one had to push the man to come to Jesus. He heard that Jesus had the answer and he came at once to Him. It would be wonderful if someone in this service today would do just that! You need to know that He has the answers to life and eternity. We may beg you to come, but one day when the hammer of life falls on you or your family, I pray that it is not too late to get to Jesus. Come to Him now! Come gladly and you will not have to come sadly.

B. He gladly Claimed him

When the man returned home and discovered that his son was healed, the official was not ashamed to claim Jesus as Lord. Let me tell you something important, when a person comes to Jesus, He or she is never the same. The joy you discover, the victory you know and the life is changed, causes the true believer to gladly claim Him and proclaim Him!

Now, notice…

IV. Brokenness Cultivates Patience

You see, the official had to leave after talking with Jesus and walk home with patience to see what Christ had done. When we are broken, we have to learn to be patient and wait on the Lord to do what He is willing and ready to do. It is part of God’s plan for us to learn patience.

A. The Practice of Patience

Every person who calls on God to work in life’s complex circumstances must develop the practice of patience. All through the Bible we hear God saying, “Wait upon the Lord!”

B. The Peace in Patience

In patiently waiting on the God to work we discover a peace God desires for us to have. We read in Isaiah 40:31, ‘

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

In patience we find a peace that passes understanding, as Paul mentioned in Philippians 4:4-7.

V. Brokenness Creates Power

When we are broken before God and we lay ourselves at His feet, with faith in His love and care, great power is acquired – God’s power – divine power!

No amount of money, titles, earthly positions or powerful friends in the world were able to help the royal official with the problem of sickness in his son. All things are possible with God and His power is never diminished – not by time or circumstances.


The official’s entire household came to faith in Christ. The father of this boy did more in trusting Jesus than all his other accomplishments combined. He did something eternal when he trusted by faith in Christ. Not only did he believe, not only was his son saved, but he led many others in faith in Christ. The accomplishment of that day of prayer and faith before Jesus, was eternal and extended even to others who believed.

The key to turn this tragedy into triumph was simple, believing faith. To turn those scars of trouble into stars or victory was to merely believe in Jesus Christ.

Believe he loves you.

Believe He is working in your behalf.

Believe Him!

Take Him at His Word just now, in this very service.