This is not a story about simple faith – it is a story about deep faith! The father left his dying son to travel for more than a day away to find Jesus. It would be hard to a dying child’s side, but this father does — He knows and believes and trusts that Jesus has the ability and power to save his son.
Even after Jesus gives a seemingly curt response the father asks again –he is persistent. And then Jesus only has to say that his son would live and the man believed His Word.
According to Scripture it is after this demonstration of deep faith that the father came to believe in Jesus – but by his actions he clearly believed prior to, though it is as Jesus said — one must see signs and wonders to make them more fully believe.
At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
For Jesus himself testified
that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
for they themselves had gone to the feast.
Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
where he had made the water wine.
Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
he went to him and asked him to come down
and heal his son, who was near death.
Jesus said to him,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
The royal official said to him,
“Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.”
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back,
his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
He asked them when he began to recover.
They told him,
“The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.”
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
“Your son will live,”
and he and his whole household came to believe.
Now this was the second sign Jesus did
when he came to Galilee from Judea.