"The nobleman saith unto Him,
Sir, come down ere my child die.
Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.
And the man believed the word that Jesus had
spoken unto him, and he went his way.
And as he was now going down, his servants
met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
Then enquired he of them the hour
when he began to amend.
And they said unto him, Yesterday at the
seventh hour the fever left him.
So the father knew that it was at the same hour,
in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth:
and himself believed, and his whole house.
This is again the second miracle that Jesus did,
when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee."
It is interesting to note that even though Christ knew of the man's initial lack of faith in His position as the Messiah, He did not refuse to grant the pleading man's request. The Lord sends no one away empty if they truly desire help. He grants the nobleman's request with authority and says, "Go thy way; thy son liveth." The verb liveth is a present continuous action. A literal, translation would be, "Your son is living." Christ in His omnipotence had the ability to pronounce the baby living even as they stood there and spoke. His power is immediate and supreme. This immediate healing would also serve to lead the father to saving faith as we shall soon see. The text says that the man believed "in the word" that Jesus spoke to him. This initial belief was not in the person of Christ, but rather in His ability to heal the child (literally infant).
As the father makes his way back home, the servants bring the good news that only reaffirms what Christ already pronounced to be true. They use the same words as Christ, "Thy son is living." Upon further questioning, the father discovers that the child began to recover at the very moment that Jesus spoke the words, "Thy son liveth." The text then says, "...and himself believed...." At this point, the man's faith becomes very specific and personal. There is great emphasis on the belief being personal as indicated by the word himself. This man came to faith in Christ's position as Messiah. It is humbling to note God's patience and condescension in this passage. The Lord could have stopped with the statement, "Except ye see signs and wonders ye shall not believe," but He chose to grant the man's request and provide him with a sign that would lead him to a belief that brings healing to the soul. The man's faith in Christ also lead to the belief of all in his house. The man of the home can greatly influence his family for either good or evil.