John 4:49-54
John 4:49 (KJB)
The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
Ere - Before
Here the nobleman had known that Jesus could heal his son but he did not understand that time and distance was not something which affected the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The nobleman wanted Him to come to the house to heal him before he died. In those days the fastest method of travel was by horseback but Jesus would have had to go by foot and the nobleman knew this and believed that Jesus needed to be there quickly.
John 4:50 (KJB)
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.
Here Jesus is testing the faith of the man by stating that the boy was healed. Jesus tells him to go. The word “go” in the Greek is in the Imperative mood which means that Jesus commanded him to back to his son. This situation was like the ten lepers Jesus healed. They were healed as they went and as the father of this boy went, the boy was healed. Just as Jesus gave this man a faith test, He also gives us faith tests too. (Heb 11:6 KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. The man went his way because he believed the word of Jesus. This man had a faith test and passed.
John 4:51 (KJB)
And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
I am sure these servants were very excited because they did not wait until the nobleman got home, instead they left the home to meet him and give him the good news. This news was like the news of the prodigal son. He was once dead and now he lives. Here the boy was almost dead but Jesus spoke the word and he was made alive. Cana was situated in hill country so here is confirmation that man had continued on his journey in faith that the word of Jesus was good.
John 4:52 (KJB)
Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
Amend - Better
Here we have the nobleman inquiring of the time which the boy became healed. In this instance the seventh hour would be 1 pm in the afternoon. The Greek word for “he began” is in the Aorist tense which would normally be understood as a past action without reference to completeness or duration. However, because this word is in the indicative mood, it becomes a punctiliar verb, past tense. This means that time enters into the understanding and that the healing that Jesus performed was a one time action and not a progressive action. Jesus healed this boy at a certain time and he was healed that very moment as if he was never sick.
John 4:53 (KJB)
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.
The father knew exactly what time he had approached Jesus and what time Jesus had spoken the words that his son was healed. This act of healing had precipitated belief on Jesus on behalf of the whole family. We must be careful here because we are not sure whether they believed because of the miracle or because they were granted salvation. (Luke 8:3 KJV) And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. This nobleman may have been Chuza who was Herod’s steward and if that was the case then Susanna may have already planted the seed into the nobleman’s mind that Jesus was able to heal the boy and maybe dispatched her husband to see Jesus for that matter. If it was Chuza and Joanna, then they would have believed by reason of salvation and they were acting upon the faith which God gave them.
John 4:54 (KJB)
This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
This was the second journey of Jesus from Judaea into Galilee. The first miracle was when Jesus changed the water into wine. In this short period of time from chapter 2 to 4, Jesus had many different reactions and interactions with different people. He changed the water into wine, He spoke with Nicodemus, then the Samaritan women and then her fellow countrymen and finally the nobleman had his son healed by Jesus.