Episode 150

Prayer 2021 - June 1 - What Are the Greater Works of Jesus? pt 1

Scripture For Today:

 

Deuteronomy 9:26

I prayed to the Lord and said, “Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.”

What Are the Greater Works ? pt 1

We have been studying these last few days from John 14:12-14. We are now focusing on something Jesus told His disciples (and therefore, told us) to do in verse 12.

Let’s read these verses again. John 14:12-14

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Someone once said, “If we just do what Jesus did first, then we will be able to do the greater works.” But that is not what Jesus was trying to teach us.

Notice WHY Jesus said we would be able to do “greater works than these.” He said, “…because I am going to my Father…” 

That means the church today, which is what? THE BODY OF CHRIST… the church today should be – and if you truly wanted to compare the works of Christian in Biblical times and the outreaches today – we ARE doing greater things. I mean, we have satellite technology, the Internet (thank you Al Gore) and all of these things that help us to get the word out into all the earth at one time! The disciples had nothing like this. 

For someone to share the Gospel in Rome or India, they would have to physically travel there. Then, there were not large convention halls and they could not run weeks of television and radio advertising that they would be in town for this large revival. “Coming in September, 7 days with two of the Apostles who walked with Jesus! Get your tickets now before they are all sold out!”

There was nothing like that. So for them – we are living in a blessed time! Amen! It may not seem so for us – but, like the Bible said, “The prophets of old desired to see the things you see but could not.” (Luke 10:24).

But here, Jesus is telling the disciples that it is BECAUSE He is going to the Father, that this would enable THEM to do even greater works that He could on the earth.

Why?

Because once Jesus ascended to Heaven, He could send the Holy Spirit into the earth.  Let’s look at John 16:7-11 and see what Jesus said about this:

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me;10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”

What are the greater works? Getting people born again!  Jesus could  not get people born again when He was on this earth. He was there to fulfill scripture so they could get born again. But that would come AFTER His death, burial, resurrection and ascension and after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

We will leave it right there for today.

Let’s Pray!

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Pastor Robert Thibodeau has been in online ministry since starting his own podcast in mid-2009. Within about six months, he was offered a slot on nationwide Christian AM radio. His broadcast was heard in four major markets for one year.

He then started what today is called, "Evangelism Radio" and went live 24/7 beginning on October 4, 2010 and continues to this day. Now with over 50 broadcasters submitting programming on a weekly basis, Evangelism Radio has listeners in over 160 nations and all 50 states. It was also ranked by Shoutcast.com as #1 in the world in the Christian Talk genre on many occasions.

In late 2017, Pastor Bob began an interview style podcast called "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast." On this podcast, Pastor Bob interviews Christians from various walks of life on how they use their Faith to achieve success. Authors, recording artists, business CEO's, non-profit leaders and pastors and ministers frequent the show and provide amazing insight to build your faith. In only 3 years time, The KCR Podcast has published almost 900 episodes and Pastor Bob conducted over 700 interviews!

In early 2018, in response to the lack of any Christian themed podcast hosting platform in the market place, Pastor Bob coordinated with the iconic Mark Asquith and his team, with the result being "FaithCasters.net." A "Christian podcast hosting and marketing company created by Christians for Christians."

Due to the immense success Pastor Bob has achieved in the online ministry world, he is often asked by others "How to start a podcast." Not wanting to refer Christian brothers and sisters back into the world for help in establishing a Christian themed podcast, he started to develop the "Podcast-Training" platform offered through our ministry. He conducts training on a weekly basis to assist others in the development of their own personal podcast as well as ministry related podcasts that can air on Evangelism Radio.

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