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John 14:1214,

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 anything in my name, I will do it.
These words of JESUS bear directly on our life and our life together in the exciting
days. What they say is that all of us who believe in Jesus will carry on with his work,
and in some wonderful way, do something greater than the works of Jesus, and as a
means to that end will have access in prayer to Jesus today so that everything we
need we can ask for and receive it. So lets take those three parts of the text one at
a time. 1) All of us who believe in Jesus will carry on with his work. 2) In
some wonderful way, we will all do something greater than the works of
Jesus. 3) And as a means to that end will have access in prayer to Jesus
today so that everything we need we can ask for and receive it.
1. Carrying on the Work of Jesus
Yung promise na to, hindi lang sa Apostles, kundi sa lahat ng naniniwala sa
Panginoon. Its a promise to all believers. Walang exclusion. You shouldnt think: O
this is for pastors, or veteran Christians, or highly spiritual, mature Christians, or
professional Christians, or missionaries, or elders, or evangelists, or highly gifted
Christians. No. The text says, whoever believes in me. Believers, pure and simple,
will do the works I do. In other words, this is normal Christianity. This is what it
means to be a Christian. Believing on Jesus is what unites you to him for eternal life.
So when it says, Whoever believes in Jesus will do this or that, it is describing the
normal Christian life.
2. Doing Greater Works Than Jesus
Again it is every believer, not just the apostles, not just pastors or elders
or charismatics or evangelists. Whoever believes in me . . . greater works
than these will he do. This is the mark of being a Christian, not being an
apostle.
If you think greater works means more miraculous you will be hard
put to exceed walking on water, feeding five thousand with five loaves and
two fish, and raising the dead. I dont know of any Christian who has ever
lived inside or outside the New Testament who has ever done all
three of those miracles, let alone something more miraculous.
And again, remember that the New Testament tells us not to expect it for
all Christians. Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all
speak with tongues? The answer, Paul expects, is No (1 Corinthians
12:2930). Which means that when Jesus said, Whoever believes in

me . . . greater works than these will he do because I go to the Father, he


probably did not mean that every Christian was expected to do things
more miraculous than Jesus at least not more spectacularly miraculous.
No apostle, no missionary, no Christian has ever done this.
What are the greater works that you will do all of you? You will
receive the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the crucified and risen Christ.
Before the resurrection of Jesus, nobody in the history of the world had
ever done that, not even Jesus. And in the power of that absolutely new
experience the indwelling of the crucified and risen Christ your works
of love and your message of life in union with Christ, will point people to
the glory of the risen Son of God, and you will be the instrument of their
forgiveness on the basis of the finished work of Christ (John 20:23). This
will be new. This will be greater than Jesus' earthly miracles, because this
is what he came to accomplish by his death and resurrection.
3. As a Means to That End, We Have Access in Prayer to Jesus, So That
Everything We Need We Can Ask for and Receive It
As you seek to carry on my work in the world, and as you seek to let your
light shine, and live in love, and offer forgiveness of sins in the name of
the crucified and risen Christ, ask me for whatever you need and I will give
it to you. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it.
Matthew 8:1:4 Jesus healed a leper man - With this passage, we start a
series of nine stories and ten of our Lord's miracles (8:1-9:36). These
miracles serve as the proof of Christ's claims, that He is the promised
Messiah who will save us from our sins (Isa. 35:4-6; 1 Cor. 1:22). As God,
He has power over sickness, demons, nature, and death, and because He
does, this proves Christ is Lord over all and Lord over our lives. Therefore,
we can have faith in and trust Him in all things. Each of the three Synoptic
Gospels has these events recorded but in different order due to the
audience to which they were written. Mathew was written to Jews, so he
records the events in order of topic, as was common in Jewish teaching.
Mark arranges them in order of significance, and Luke places them in
chronological order for his logically thinking Greek audience. In this
passage, Jesus is walking down from HisSermon on the Mount into the
valley below, and is mobbed by the people. In the midst of all this, a
person who was a social outcast greets Him. This man was suffering from
a bad skin infection and decided to cut across his social status to both
humble himself and be bold enough to go the great Teacher for the
possibility of a healing. He receives his healing; his social status is also
healed, all in accordance to the law and the grace that is to come.

Matthew 8:28-34 Two demon possessed men healed - Here is a picture of


our Lord, who rescues us. He just went through a storm to cross a sea
most would not dare to tread, to a place few would ever go, to see two
people who needed His help. One would reject Him and one would beg to
go with Him, while the community who rejected these two people also
rejected Christ, and demanded His departure, as they valued pigs over
people, money over eternity. This passage stresses the point that Jesus is
no mere man; He is divine. Even the demons testify to this! This is a
strange story from a godly perspective, as the people who should have
marvelled at Jesus' ability to heal two people whom they had given up on,
saw a divine miracle preformed before them, and benefited by being
saved from the torment of the demons, only to demand that He leave. Yet,
so many of us do the same thing every day. We may know of the Lord,
even experienced His grace, maybe even have served Him for a time, yet,
we too, ask Him to go away. We sometimes do not allow Him in all parts
and times of our lives. Maybe we let Him in just on Sunday morning, but
not on Monday, and definitely not on Friday nights. So, do you ask Jesus to
leave, or allow Him to endear and embrace you?