Written by: Tim Wood
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. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
These are amazing words from Jesus. He is saying that anyone (whoever) has faith in him will do what he’s been doing. A person who has faith in him will do even greater things. What, then, are the greater works? D. A. Carson in his commentary on John’s gospel points out, “the greater works are those done on the basis of Jesus’ death, resurrection and exaltation. The greater works point to the power of the gospel to transform lives as it spreads through the apostolic witness. Through Peter’s preaching on the day of Pentecost, 3,000 were born again, probably more than Jesus saw converted during His entire ministry. The Book of Acts tells how the message kept spreading, first around Jerusalem, and eventually to the Gentiles around the Roman Empire.”
There is no “greater work” than the conversion of one’s soul. That is what Jesus came to do, “seek and save the lost.”
Jesus makes it abundantly clear that prayer is the key to doing greater things. “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” The possibilities are endless. I can’t even begin to tell you what that means. All I know is it’s exciting. Jesus is telling us that He is going to the Father so we can pray in His name. And when we ask for the things that he came to earth to do, He will do it. We can ask for power against sin and evil because Jesus came to destroy it. We can storm the status quo because Jesus did. We can change the oppression. We can shine a light in the darkness, we can proclaim the good news of God, we can set the captive free…if we believe in Him and ask Him!
What are you asking Jesus for? Are you asking for the things He came to earth to do? When we pray believing in Jesus name, our prayers become powerful and effective.
I want to challenge you to meditate on John 14:12-14. And as you do, ask Jesus to take your life and do great things through it so that the Father may be glorified. In Jesus Name! Amen!