“ You will do even greater things than these.”
Have you ever considered what Jesus tells us in John 14:12? “Very truly I tell you, whoever believesin me will do the works I have been doing,and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Have I read that correctly? That if I believe in Jesus, not only will I do the works He did (healings, deliverances, reaching the lost and many more) but I will do even greater things than these? For an Olympic sprinter to say “You will run faster and do greater than me” would spark a massive array of disbelief in my mind, simply not possible! What about the Son of God saying the very same thing? Have you ever considered such a jaw dropping promise? That in our sinful and fallen nature we could do greater things than Christ? I believe through the power of the Holy Spirit and the promise that “I will do whatever you askin my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13, greater things are possible today!
When Jesus died, his kingdom’s influence was small, and he had touched only a handful of lives. Following the arrival of the Spirit at Pentecost, we see in one moment a massive expanse in followers of Christ through the preaching of Peter, where 3000 new believers are added in Acts 2, an immediate fulfilment of the promise and a major increase in followers, way beyond the numbers that Jesus ever had in his earthly ministry. Greater things continued to be witnessed as a man lame from birth was healed in Acts 3, the church reached 5000 male believers in Acts 4 and by Acts 5, the shadow of Peter was healing the sick as he walked by!
Today, we have the opportunity, to ask in the name of Jesus Christ for greater things, so that the Father may be glorified. We can be witnesses to a national revival, a culture transformed by the good news of Jesus, a great outpouring of his Holy Spirit and significant healings right in front of our eyes. “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14. Today, take hold of the promise of greater things in the name of Jesus Christ. Standing upon the promised authority which comes through the name of Jesus Christ, asking in line with His will so that the Father may be glorified, through greater things before our very eyes. Be a part of something great! Ask and witness greater things, for his glory!
JAMIE & KATIE SUTHERLAND
One of our favourite songs as a couple is Chris Tomlin, God of this City. The lyrics declare who our God is and prophesy of greater things yet to come! “You’re the God of this city, king of this people, Lord of this nation. Light in this darkness, hope to the hopeless, peace to the restless you are. There is no one like our God, greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city” (Island AMEN!)
It absolutely blows us away when we see God move in power time and time again, when we stand on two simple scriptures and step out with a simple childlike faith.
Matthew 10:7-8 “As you go proclaim this message, the kingdom of heaven has come near, 8heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons, freely you have received, freely give”.
John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and will do even greater things than these”.
Together, just this year, we have battled through COVID-19 chaos, cancer treatment, flu, sick bugs and tonsillitis, trusting that despite our own trials and circumstances we choose to lift our eyes to Jesus and pray with expectancy for breakthrough for our family, our church, our nation.
We have seen and tasted healings and miracles that have inspired, excited and encouraged us. Such as a man with sepsis who couldn’t walk, being healed and walking around with us; torn ligament pain healed; pain gone from arthritis in neck and knees; sciatica healed; and this is just the start! Miracles that we cannot wrap our heads around, but that come from a pure faith and walking in obedience to Christ.
What has God said to you through today’s promise?