“The official begged Jesus, ‘Sir,come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus had spoken to him and started on his way. As he was going, his servant met him and told him that his child was alive” (John 4:49-51)
What a tremendous story and a terrific example of faith!
A parent will do anything for their child, and this is equally true across all classes. The man who approached Jesus was a royal official – Jesus was a peasant.
The two simply did not mix!
By this time, Jesus was public enemy number one. It was very dangerous indeed just to meet with Jesus. Let alone seek His help!
But this official didn’t care about “status” anymore. All that mattered was helping his son.
Members of the royal class often lived in swanky palaces. They had several servants on standby and usually got what they wanted. They were unfamiliar with the word “No” and the concept of begging for something was completely foreign.
But that is exactly what happens here.
When all the best doctors accomplished nothing and the official realized that his problem could not be solved by throwing money at it, he understood the truth: “My hope is only in Jesus.”
So he came begging for His help.
Too often, we wait for Jesus as the last resort.
But this man – this official we know so little about – came equipped with the most important prerequisite for a miracle to take place: belief.
He thought to himself, “You know, there’s nothing this guy can’t do. I’ll bet He can heal my son. I believe it!”
Once the miracle was asked for, Jesus said it was taken care of.
The man believed it was done, as Jesus had said, and began to make his way back home.
Along the way, he was intercepted by one of his servants with the good news of his son’s healing.
“When did this happen?” The man asked. (v. 52)
“Yesterday, at one in the afternoon.”
Of course, it was the exact moment in which Jesus had said the words.
“So he himself believed, along with his whole household.” (v. 53)