“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.
Last Sunday this was one of the passages used by the Pastor during his sermon. It got me thinking… “yeah, where are the “greater things” that those of us who have faith in Jesus are doing today?” This was not a wish, a hope or even a command. It was to be a literal fact. Jesus said it was the “truth” of what we “will” do. Therefore it begs the questions: Have we been raising the dead? Have we been healing the sick? Have we been making the crippled whole? Have we prayed over those who are visually and hearing impaired, and healed them? Do those who know us, believe that they only need to touch our clothing or have our shadow pass over them, to be cured of their diseases? Have we been casting out demons? Have we been occasionally feeding thousands at one sitting? Have we walked on water in the middle of a storm to save others? Have we called out to hurricanes and tornados and proclaim, ”peace be still”, and they have stopped? Have we stepped in front of the accusing crowd and admonished, that those who are without sin should cast the first stone at the guilty? Have we turned water into wine to keep a celebration from ending prematurely? Have we done any of these things which Jesus did, much more the “greater things” that He said we would do?
Jesus stated: “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.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. Mark 16: 17-20.
I know that these signs were not to be an end to themselves. These signs are to be a confirmation of the truth and power of His word. They are to lead others to Christ and to worship the glory of God. I understand that by and through His word we are to heal the spiritually sick; feed the spiritually hungry; give the water of life to the spiritually thirsty; raise the spiritually dead to life; help the spiritually blind to see and the spiritually deaf to hear; etc. But again I ask: where are the “greater things” that we do which signifies our faith in Christ to the world, or was Jesus a liar?
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.
Is it faith as small as a mustard seed that we lack?
Let’s make the impossible, possible!