"I tell you the truth; anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."
- John 14:12,13
Jesus follows His exhortation to faith with a promise to faith. The solemn assertion of truth, underscored to the disciples the importance and truth of Jesus' promise. The promise itself is staggering, comforting and exhilarating. With reference to the works which had left them awed, Jesus says that those who believe shall do even greater. Jesus is not promising an ability to perform tricks at a whim. He is referring to the
force believers will exert in His name in the world after His departure. And this will accomplish even greater things than these. "My miracles" How?
Jesus' works were done in the shadow of the cross, and His activity was confined to Israel. The disciples' works will be done in the light of the resurrection, in the power of the Spirit sent by the exalted Christ, and will embrace the world of the Gentiles too."(Franzmann comments)
The despondence of the disciples because of Jesus' departure was to give way to joy and sense of privilege because of what His departure would commission them to do. As their future co-worker Paul would one day write: "Therefore since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart." 2 Cor. 4:1 This text as a whole declares that Jesus' departure is not a source of dismay. It is a comfort as He has gone to prepare a place in the Father's house for His believers.
Christian friends, This comfort rests on the assurance Christians have in the one who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." There is the promise of verse 12, a promise that gives privileges and joy in serving our LORD through the spreading of the gospel.
Sometimes we see a miracle,
And faith in God revives;
Yet we should see God's gracious hand
At work throughout our lives.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Believe in God and you'll believe in miracles; believe in His Son and you'll experience one.