When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,1 he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,"2 Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."
Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household3 believed.
This was the second miraculous sign4 that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.