Back out on Winterjam, our devotions tonight centered around these words of Jesus:
John 14:12 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.
This is an incredible statement! Just pause and recall all the amazing miracles that the disciples would have seen Jesus carry out- making blind eyes see, feeding 5,000 with a boy's packed lunch, calming a storm, walking on water, casting out demons, and even bringing Lazarus back to life. Yet Jesus says that anyone who has faith in him will not only do what he has been doing but will do even greater things.
It wasn't too long after Jesus spoke these words, that on the day of Pentecost after Peter's speech, thousands gave their lives to Christ- an occurrence that didn't actually happen throughout Jesus' own earthly ministry. And while Jesus never left Palestine, the early church influenced and shaped the whole of the Roman Empire.
When we read further on into chapter 14 of John's gospel, we see two keys to doing 'greater things'-
1. Praying in the name of Jesus- v. 13 and 14
2. The provision and presence of the Holy Spirit- v.16 and 17
So really it's the Lord doing even greater things through us! We can read these words and move on, or we can really claim them, stand upon them, and take them as an invitation to join in a glorious, miraculous, lifestyle of intimacy, obedience, service, and power.