Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Greater Things

The title of our blog is “Greater Things.”  I figure I ought write a post explaining why.

John 14:5-14

5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

8Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

9Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I 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. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus himself says that those who have faith in Him will do what he was doing.  He goes on to say that those who have faith in Him will do “even greater things than these.”  I am struck by those words.  How can the Son of God say that those who follow him  will do greater things?  He was perfect and we are not, how can we possibly live up.  But there it is, a statement of fact.  That leaves me not confused, but inspired.  If Jesus himself was confident in those who have faith in Him, then what else do we need.

It is clear that the “greater things” come through faith.  Because the faith is in the Almighty “greater things” are more than possible.

What “greater things” are we going to let God do?

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