12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
The God of heaven makes a seeming strange and unrealistic promise here. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who had done some amazing miraculous works in His life on earth, promised His disciples that they would do greater works than He did. Then He told them that whatever they asked in His name for the glory of the Father would be done.
I have tried to walk on water, I have prayed over very sick people and even laid hands on them as I prayed, I have blessed countless meals and have been to many funerals. I must confess that no, I can’t walk on water and no, I have never healed anyone nor raised anyone from the dead. In fact, after the works of Peter and John and Paul there were not any more such miraculous works.
So what was Jesus talking about? One of the greatest works of Jesus’ life might have been the raising of Lazarus from the dead. After four days of death there was no question as to his lifeless condition. The sisters were totally put out that Jesus did not come to heal their brother. The crowd thought that Jesus had really missed this opportunity. But Jesus, God in the flesh, called Lazarus out of the tomb-cave and back from death. Jesus presented Lazarus alive to his sisters and sat down to eat with him. But Lazarus did eventually die again.
When we show someone the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and that person, led by the Holy Spirit’s calling, receives the grace of God, the forgiveness of their sins, they receive eternal life. My friends, the leading of an eternal soul to eternal life is a greater work than Jesus ever did. When we present the gospel to someone we are attacking the gates of hell and opening for them the eternal gates of heaven. We are on a search and rescue mission saving souls from eternal damnation. What greater work is there? Everything else that is done in this life is temporary including all of the miracles of Jesus. Only when we lead someone to Jesus is an eternal miracle done.
Jesus wants us to pray for the lost to be saved. As we pray for souls for the glory of God the Father, our prayers are answered. Keep praying and keep talking about your Savior. God has promised that His word will not return void but will accomplish that which He has directed it to do. So, get out and do greater works.
Men, tomorrow morning is our monthly prayer breakfast at Denny’s at 7:30.
Sunday is our dinner day at church and Sunday we are celebrating Jean Wardell’s 100 birthday! Bring her a card and a greeting for this amazing time in her life. We are so thankful that Jean is in our church. What an amazing person and devout Saint of God.
For any of your senior citizens, Saturday at 3:00 is the annual “Singing for Seniors” concert at Community Christian Church. (The Yellow Box) I mention this because Stefani and I are singing a duet. This is a free event for all senior citizens who can come.
I will be announcing on Sunday the need for nursery workers during the Revival week. If you can sign up for one night please do.
Have a great day in the Lord,