Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” (NLT)
In the New Living Translation, Jesus asked a startling question of the official who was facing a desperate situation. The official’s son was very sick, and he had just asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus wanted to know if the performance of miracles and signs was the only way the official would believe in him as Messiah. It seemed like the official ducked the question altogether when he told Jesus his son was in danger of dying. Yet, both Jesus and the official already knew the answer to Jesus’ original question before it was asked. Verse 47 tells us that the official went to ask Jesus to heal his son the moment he knew he was in town. This means that the official had prior knowledge of Jesus. The official likely had heard of or perhaps even witnessed a previous miracle Jesus performed. He would not have approached Jesus if he didn’t believe he had the power to heal his son or if he thought he would be turned away. That’s why it’s not surprising that the official believed Jesus when he was told his son would live. In fact, the faith of the official and his entire household grew because of the miracle Jesus performed.
How would you respond to Jesus if he had asked you the same question he asked the official? Perhaps you too need a miracle in your life and you know enough about Jesus to know he has the power to help. Yet, our belief in Christ shouldn’t be conditional to whether he answers our prayers the way we desire. If it were, we would always need another sign from God to keep believing. Our belief is based on what Christ has already done on the cross to pay for our sins and make away for us to enter heaven through his sacrifice. Thus, our belief in Christ is not conditional to his performance of miracles in our lives, but rather we pray to him because he already performed the ultimate miracle in resurrecting from death. We can have confidence that he will never turn us away when we approach him with our needs. We don’t know how Jesus will answer our prayers, but like the official, our belief will grow as we continue to walk with him.