Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. John 4:50
When Jesus said these words, the fever left the boy who was lying in bed 20 miles away. Imagine the scene of wonder, astonishment, and joy in the home. The boy has been languishing in bed. His temperature keeps rising and they can’t get it to go down. Then, around one o’clock, the boy suddenly feels better.
His mother feels his forehead. Sure enough, his temperature has returned to normal, so the boy gets out of bed. The servants don’t know what to say. Everyone in the household is rejoicing! But they have no idea how or why this has happened!
The boy’s father, meanwhile, is still 20 miles from home in Cana. He doesn’t have a cell phone! His wife cannot text him with the news! All the boy’s father has is the bare word of Jesus, which he believes: “Your son will live.” That’s what faith is—resting on the Word of God.
The royal official gives us a marvelous picture of the Christian life. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). We rest on the word and promise of Jesus. He says that he is with us and that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He says that his grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). He says that there is no condemnation for those who are in him (Rom. 8:1). He says that he has prepared a place for us (John 14:3). Faith trusts Christ by resting on his word.
How are you trusting in Christ right now by resting on the Word of God?