The Greater Works of Jesus
John 14:12 ESV “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.
Here the Lord Jesus tells us that those who believe on Him will do the works He did and even greater works.
Now what will be greater than raising the dead after 4 days in the grave like Lazarus, walking on water, paying tax with gold in the mouth of a fish, feeding over 5000 people with two pieces of fish and five loaves of bread?
In one sense the spiritual work of getting men born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit is greater than any physical miracle of healing or even raising the dead.
However in addition to this, what else did Jesus mean by ‘greater works’?
Observe that the majority of Jesus’ miracles were miracles of healings, deliverance or supernatural provision that primarily benefited the individuals that received those miracles.
When the Lord speaks of ‘greater works’ He is referring to:
- Political miracles that affect whole nations and empires like He did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Dan. 2-11).
- Economic miracles like He did through Joseph that saved an entire generation (Gen.50.2).
- Environmental miracles like the famine and rain He did through Elijah that brought the whole nation of Israel to repentance (1 Kg. 17-18).
These works are ‘greater’ in the sense that they brought God’s influence to bear on entire nations and empires and not just on individuals.
The Lord like every good parent wants us as His children, to do greater works than He did when He was here on earth so He reserved these greater works for us for this end-time or 3rd day.
In fact, it is with these greater works we will enforce the Kingdom of God (Mt. 11.12) upon the earth and so disciple every tribe, tongue and kindred to bring this dispensation to a close:
Matthew 24:14 ESV: And these greater works will be accomplished by the release of the power of the Holy Spirit without measure (Jn. 3.34) which will only be entrusted to us as we grow into the perfection and fullness of Christ by perfecting the love of God in us.