Scripture For Today:
“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.
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:
7 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.8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 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.
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