I’m getting very excited to bring you Sunday’s message…so, here’s a little preview to whet your appetite.
Jesus, said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12, ESV)
It’s normally assumed that the “works” that Jesus did, and the “works” that we are promised to do, are the miracles of Jesus’ ministry. That would be natural. The promise even gets us excited about the possibilities of doing the supernatural. But, let me propose to you that this may not be accurate to the language or Jesus’ intent.
Consider this: Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that the healings and miracles Jesus demonstrated were actually the fruit of His “works?” I actually believe the “works” were everything that preceded the miracles. As Jesus extended forgiveness, fellowshipped with the undesirables, and taught what faith truly means, He created an environment for miracles to happen.
By example, it would not be proper to say that the products we buy at a retail store are the work; they are the result of the work done. The preparation, organization, manufacturing, etc. are the work required to deliver the product into the hands of the consumer. In like manner, our work is not to do the miracles of Jesus, it’s creating the atmosphere where miracles are possible.
So, when Jesus says that we would do “greater works,” He was not speaking of doing something greater than raising the dead. He was speaking of the opportunity of God’s love spreading through His body at an increasing measure and effectiveness! We don’t do miracles; we do love. We create the atmosphere of acceptance, forgiveness, and restoration; and God does the rest!
Let today be a day of miracles because we love like Jesus.