The Works of Christ

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.
—John 14:12

Jesus made a very powerful statement in the scripture above. I can tell you from experience that if there is one scripture that the body of Christ has problems believing, it is this one. Jesus said that we would not only do the things that He had been doing, but that we would do even greater works than what we know Jesus did. Naturally, I can’t even wrap my head around this statement, but spiritually through the eyes of faith I can see myself doing greater works than Christ. Can you?

Jesus healed the sick. Can you see yourself healing the sick? If you can’t, then you aren’t seeing this scripture fulfilled as He intended it to be. Jesus made the crippled rise and walk by the power that was within Him. Can you picture yourself releasing the life of God that dwells in you, causing the restoration of paralyzed limbs and enabling a crippled man to get out of his wheelchair? If you can’t, you might wrongfully be assuming that this scripture isn’t talking about you. Jesus raised the dead. Can you visualize yourself coming upon somebody who just tragically died and, by the authority in the name of Jesus commanding them to rise and immediately they do so? If you say to yourself, “That’s not for me,” then you’ve never taken ownership of this passage.

Those who are religious would charge such thoughts as being egotistical, arrogant and maybe even irreligious. Arrogance and egotism come when a person thinks that he is something that he is not. We’re not the ones who said these things were possible for us— Jesus said it. So it’s not egotistical to declare that we will do the works of Christ. It’s a Biblical fact. The religious are right when they judge that this kind of talk is irreligious. The last thing in the world that Jesus wants us to be is religious! He wants us to be like Him!

When we spend time praying in the Holy Spirit, we can imagine ourselves doing the works Jesus did. We can start by seeing ourselves walking beside Jesus as He performs every wonderful miracle, sign and wonder we find in the scriptures. Then, as we spend more time praying in the Holy Ghost, we can picture ourselves doing these same works with Jesus right by our side. Next, we can envision doing these very same works by the Name we’ve been given and the power that abides within us. But we can’t stop there. As we’re in the Spirit, we must view ourselves doing even greater things!

You’ll never walk out what you cannot see in the Spirit. You must spend time in the Word and in the Spirit to do these greater works. What should be the fruit of such a display of the miraculous? Christ should be exalted! God should be glorified and many should come to the saving knowledge of Christ as you testify, “It’s not me who is doing these things, it is the Father who lives in me.” Yes, you are called and expected to do the works of Christ and even greater things!

Scriptural Context

John 14:9-14

Concept Reinforcement

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame,
the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others,
and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

—Matthew 15:30

“And these signs will accompany those
who believe: In my name they will drive out
demons; they will speak in new tongues; they
will pick up snakes with their hands; and when
they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them
at all; they will place their hands on sick
people, and they will get well.”

—Mark 16:17-18

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out
that Jesus was there and came, not only because
of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had
raised from the dead.

—John 12:9