I note this is a man of wealth and privilege. And it is a healing at a distance. So it parallels the healing of the centurion’s servant.
The healing is at Jesus’ word and not dependent upon the official’s faith. We hear the official left believing Jesus and in obedience to Jesus but we are told the healing took place in the hour Jesus had spoken and not when the official believed.
I think this important. A lot of spirituality depends upon our mindset and not God’s timetable. If I feel distant from God I interpret this as God’s absence and not my tiredness, distraction, worldliness, or other. And this plays out over and over in popular religiosity.
When I was — maybe fourteen — our family on a long trip stopt by a shopping mall one summer. When I got tired and could find no bench I returned to the car and sat on the bumper to relive my feet that were aching. A woman saw me there and noting my disability came and offered to pray for me.
I consented — though at the time I was in my teenage way — seeing myself as an agnostic and shading towards atheist. She prayed for at least two minutes. And my parents came cross the parking lot and I started to squirm in embarrassment.
“Oh,well,” she said. “You don’t have enough faith to be healed.” And she went on her way.
I wish this story were unique but there are few disabled people who do not have similar horrors to recount and I know of at least one other person who has sworn never to enter a church on account of such a story.
God’s time not ours. God’s work. Not ours.