John 14:12-14 – Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.
Now, Jesus reveals yet another amazing thing to His disciples. The focus of His discussion is on doing great works that will “glorify” the Father in the Son. As we have been studying for many days now, Jesus has performed many amazing miraculous acts. These are often acts that defy physics as we know it.
Isn’t it amazing that Jesus said to us that “The one who believes” in Him “will also do the works” that He does? In order to really comprehend this, we need to remember the things that Jesus did. Jesus spent His time on earth having compassion and helping everyone around Him. He had a huge influence on everyone by doing what His Father told Him to do. Jesus says here that He has given us the power to do this too. That’s not all.
Jesus also said “And he will do even greater works that these, because I am going to the Father.” In other words, Jesus was predicting that later, Christians will do greater works than He did while He was on earth.
I am convinced that there are only two reasons that I haven’t done that many works like Jesus did, first, because I have not asked in faith, and second, because I haven’t asked for something that would “glorify” the Father in the Son. Recently I did ask God for something.
Not too many days ago, I asked God to allow me to write this blog. God answered my prayer. Now, I am writing this message to you today for your encouragement. I believe that your encouragement as a Christian does glorify the Father in the Son. This is proof that you can do things that are much greater than yourself too. They happen by God’s power and they happen to glorify the Father in the Son. I am also very aware that Jesus is the power behind this blog. He deserves the glory for it. God has prepared works for each of us to do that will glorify His name. It is good for us to ask Him for what we need to do it.
It is important to recognize that Jesus says: “I will do it.” Don’t worry about having to perform great deeds on your own. Jesus will do it. In a sense, Jesus is still doing these “greater works,” it’s just that now He works through you.