Steven Furtick’s new book, Greater, finds it’s foundation on John 14:12 where Jesus says “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in 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.” Did Jesus say that correctly? Even greater things than what He did? John is probably thinking these same things. At the time John heard Jesus say this he had already seen Jesus turn water into wine, feed the five thousand, heal a paralytic man, open a blind man’s eyes, and raised Lazarus from the dead. How could he really believe what Jesus just said? How can we believe what Jesus said?
This seemingly lucrative statement made by Jesus has been talked about, preached about, and, as we have seen here, even written about. We have a tough time believing what Jesus said because we have a tough time grasping doing anything greater than what Jesus did. We tend to focus too much on the “how” and the “what” instead of concentrating on the “who” and the “why.” What I mean by this is doing greater things than Jesus has nothing to do with who we are, but has everything to do with who He is. Doing greater things than Jesus has nothing to do with believing in ourselves, but has everything to do with believing in Him. Doing greater things than Jesus has nothing to do with what we can do, but has everything to do with what He has done.
You see that last phrase Jesus says, “because I am going to the Father,” that we seem to overlook because we are so focused on the “greater things than Jesus” part, is the very reason why Jesus said what He did. You see, when Jesus went to the Father, He sent us the Holy Spirit. Now this probably means nothing to you if you don’t know that while Jesus was here on earth He was the only one filled with the Holy Spirit. This meant that Jesus could only be at one place at one time. This meant that His healing power could only be wherever He was. This meant that He could only open the eyes of the blind that were where He was. This meant that His resurrection power could only be wherever He was. But now, because of what took place in Acts 2, His healing power goes wherever you and I go. Because Jesus went to the Father and sent us the Holy Spirit, His resurrection power goes wherever you and I go.
You see instead of being with us, Jesus is inside of us. Instead of only being able to be in one place at one time, He can now be wherever we go. Instead of only being in one part of the world, Jesus can now be spread all over the world. You and I carry Jesus wherever we go, and because of that, we can do all the things that Jesus did and even Greater.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- Are you seeing the greater that Jesus was talking about here in John 14 in your life?
- Remember that the greater things has nothing to do with who you are but has everything to do with who Jesus is.