Doing the Greater Works
We are all called to do the works of Jesus. As a born-again child of God, we need to follow the example of our Elder Brother, the Lord Jesus, and do the works that He did. In order to do His works we must first understand His mission. In order to understand more of His mission and now our mission we need to look at some of His last words before He left the earth. We find these last words in what is called the “Last Supper.” These words are found in John, Chapters 13 through 18.
First, Jesus taught us by word and example to be a servant. In John 13:14-16 we see Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. In Luke 22:24-26 we see Jesus saying this very strong statement on serving. He said, “But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve.” In Philippians 2:7 we find what Jesus did as far as being a servant, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Being a servant was one of the chief mission assignments that Jesus had and He showed us how to do it by washing the disciples’ feet. You and I, if we want to do the works of Jesus, must take on the same attributes and become servant minded. Even as a leader, we must be servant minded. I often like to call my church leaders servant leaders. It reminds us that we are not here to be served, but to serve.
There are so many things written in John ‘s gospel before and after the text we used last week:
John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
I want to remind you of these things that are not by accident, but on purpose before and after this portion of scripture. If we want to do the “greater works” then we will have to make sure these things Jesus said are part of our doing the Word of God! We must move past betrayal. In John 13 we see Jesus telling those close to him about the betrayal that was coming. Why? So it would not develop a root of bitterness in the Apostles. Realizing that betrayal can only come from someone close, the remaining Apostles would have had a hard time dealing with one of their own about to betray Jesus.
Right after that Jesus gave the command of love in John 13:34 and reinforced it again in John 15:10-16. So, before and after doing the “greater works” scripture, there are scriptures on love. Do you think that is an accident? NO, even when we see the gifts of the Spirit in operation. We find they work by love! Then Jesus continues to talk to them after He announces that they will be doing greater works. He talks to them about the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter (John 14:16-17,26; John 15:26-27; John 16:7-15). Then we get a very strong teaching on praying in faith in John 14:13-14 and John 15:7. Finally, Jesus ends with, “Don’t ever let the devil separate you.” Jesus prayed for them asking the Father that they would be one even as He and the Father were one. In other words, only unity is acceptable, no strife ever!
You can see the greater works are for us today; and if we will be doers of what Jesus taught us, we will see the greater works. We need those greater works in operation today if we are going to reach the harvest of this generation.