8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “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 for anything in my name, I will do it.
What does Jesus mean by ‘Greater Works?’ Some think that we are empowered by God to do greater things than Jesus did in quality. I don’t think that this can be the case. How can someone do more than raise another person from the dead like Jesus did with Lazarus? How can one do more than come back from the grave and save humanity from the effect of their sin? I believe we are left with the idea that we will do greater works in quantity than Jesus did during his three years of ministry. There were those with Jesus at the time who did greater things.
Tomorrow I will be talking on Galatians 5 with the Sunday School at the McHenry campus of The Chapel. Our focus will be on the fruit of the Spirit. I believe that the fruit of the Spirit is more to be desired than the gifts of the Spirit. In fact the gifts should be seen as flowing from a life that is producing fruit. The works that we do in abundance should be marked by love, gentleness, humility, kindness and self-control. We may do miracles and move mountains, but if we do so without love we have lost the heart of Jesus’ teaching.
May I seek you and then thank you when I live a productive and fruitful life for your glory and the support and flourishing of others.
- What have those who have seen Jesus see?
- What are the qualities reflected in a true disciple?
- What does Jesus say true disciples will accomplish?
- What quality of works is Jesus looking for today?
- What quantity of works might we expect to produce as Christians?