Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12, emphasis added).
Jesus tells His friends to believe upon His spoken truth evidenced by the miracles He performed: blind receiving sight, sick made well, dead raised, water changed to wine, lame made to walk, one lunch feeding thousands, demon-possessed set free, leprosy instantly healed… Yes, the disciples had witnessed some miracles. And, now they hear that they will duplicate these demonstrations of the power of God. In fact, Jesus said, they will do even greater things!
This statement is nestled within one of my favorite passages of scripture- one of those places where there’s a lot of red letter print. My Jesus had a lot to say in preparing servants for His departure. But the words, “do even greater things,” is an idea that often has caused me to stop and think! Is there a possibility of doing greater things in comparison to the earthly ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? There continues to be much speculation over the meaning of His words.
One obvious understanding of “greater things” is in terms of quantity. Jesus, being fully God and fully man, allowed His humanity to limit Himself to time and place. While performing one miracle in Bethany, another dire need for a miracle in Jerusalem was not being met. Jesus could not be in two places at one time. But now, since the first Pentecost after His death and resurrection, believers are baptized with the Spirit of Christ and have gone all over the earth demonstrating the power of God with miracles. This work continues today! Miracles unfold in the Middle East at the same time others take place in New Zealand. The Holy Spirit empowers earthen vessels in multiplying the work of the Kingdom of God all over the earth (see 2 Corinthians 4:7).
Another understanding of “greater things” was taught me by my good friend, David Glander. We do greater things in kingdom work through bringing the good news of the Gospel to the lost. The Gospel was in motion while Christ walked the earth, but it was not completed until His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. His finished work of becoming the payment for all sin of all humankind is the basis by which man can be saved. We now can share this good news! And, for all who receive the message with gladness and call upon the name of Jesus, we witness the greatest miracle of all! How do I know? The Prophet Ezekiel describes the miracle as a heart of stone being replaced with a heart of flesh. That’s not just a temporary heart transplant that will serve the recipient well for another forty years. That’s a miracle that stands for eternity! Hallelujah!
Do you want to be a part of the “greater things” while you live out your life on earth? Be prepared to be used of God in sharing your testimony of faith with a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or co-worker. In preparing yourself to share the Gospel, understand these three things:
1. Without even saying a word, your life is a letter of Christ. You demonstrate the saving grace of Jesus Christ by the power given you to live as an overcomer.
“And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in it all (Philemon 6, MSG).
2. Your prayers for the lost will lead you to opportunities to share the grace of God with them.
3. You need to be quick to say “Yes” when the Holy Spirit prompts you to share your faith with another. If you are afraid, then do it afraid. Just know that obedience is what is required of you; God is responsible for the results.