We have all heard many sermons on this passage of scripture
“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.” John 14:12-14.
Many Christians assume that the greater works are things like miracles, healings, and things you do in ministry or deliverance in our interactions with other people. But the question is, what greater things are there than what Jesus did in his earthly ministry? After all, Jesus already raised the dead after 4 days, healed the blind, deaf, lame, mute and fed the multitudes. He also raised from death himself. It’s hard to top any of the things Jesus did.
What then are the greater works that we are called to do?
Consider this. God is calling us to change the world. Us is all of those who believe in Him and have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Together we are called to see the Kingdom of God grow and fill this world. We are called to see hearts change, governments change, nations change, evil fall and strongholds collapse in the face of the good news. These are some of the greater things we are called to do. And we are already doing it.
Pastor Führer from St Nicholas church in East Germany knew this was true, and started a prayer meeting for peace in his church in 1982. Over the next 7 years this prayer meeting grew until the amazing events late in 1989 where thousands who attended his prayer meeting became the catalyst for the falling of the Berlin Wall.
It is through our prayer, and service to Christ, and our love for each other, that these great things happen, and are supposed to happen. It was through this type of prayer, and unity that the Christians of East Berlin, saw the Berlin wall come down. And THAT is one of the greater works that Jesus was referring to. Read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/24661333
Far Greater Things Are Yet To Occur.
The Bible describes the type of Unity that the Church (the whole church) is supposed to walk in. There should be no competition, no fear, no mistrust, complete abandon to Christ and each other. Such a Church will convince the world that we are His disciples and prove the love of God.
We are called to have the same quality of oneness between us, that Jesus and the Father in Heaven had. If you read the prayer of Jesus in John 17, you will see that this is what Jesus asked for, and what will happen. If Jesus himself had not said this, we could never have believed it.
The Christianity we know and experience is so far removed from this place, and yet that is where we are going. A Church that knows how to love and work together will shake this world up completely. And a church like that will be unstoppable.
Then we will see some of the “greater things” and the world will be astounded.
Choose to participate. Choose to believe. Choose to love others regardless. Choose to be one with the body of Christ. Look for Christ in others.
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