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Greater Works, Greater Miracles

Updated on November 12, 2010

What Did He Mean?

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." - Jesus (John 14:12)

What did Jesus mean when he said that?

We all know that Jesus done very great works when he was on the earth. Some of these works include, but are not limited to:

  1. Raising the dead
  2. Healing the sick
  3. Casting out demons
  4. Controlling the weather
  5. Multiplication of food resources
  6. Supernatural provision of money by a fish
  7. Creative miracles

But Jesus said that whoever believes in Him will do these works. This leads us to the next question, what does it mean to believe in Jesus?

Many people think the word "believe" means mental ascent, or simply accepting something as fact. The word "believing" is translated from a Greek word meaning much more than intellectual ascent. It means to completely surrender to. It means to gives oneself wholly to.

So then, we can expand this text to say that Jesus said, "if you completely surrender to Me; if you lay life into my hands, and completely trust in me, then the works that I have done, you will do also."

This gives much greater meaning to this passage of scripture. However, Jesus said much more than that. He said that the believers will do GREATER works, because He goes to the Father.

In other words, Jesus said that you can do the works that He has done, if you wholly believe in Him. But the works that He did on earth is limited because He is limited in His earthly form. However, since He went to the Father, His power is much greater - just as much as heaven is greater than the earth.

Now that Jesus is in heaven, at the Father's right hand His power and authority is so much greater. He is no more in human form. He is glorified. His face shines and bright as the sun (Rev 1).

So now, go and believe, so that you too can do GREATER works than these; fueled by the love of the Father, the compassion of His Son, Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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      illeagle 7 years ago

      I'm glad you addressed this. I've pondered this statement much. I suspect if I were to perform even greater works than Jesus, imagine the persecution I would receive by the Christian community who exalt Jesus as supreme authority yet ignore his teachings. If I were to heal the sick and raise the dead in Jesus' name, there is no doubt that many 'Christians' would desire to crucify me, yet Christ said it himself! Regardless, I am going to do even greater works than Jesus!

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      bettsy 7 years ago

      Since we are told that these kind of works will expand greatly in these last days, we can look forward to some mighty awesome happenings. I can't wait !!!!!