“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 What a promise, to be able to do greater things than Jesus. While He walked this earth over two thousand years ago, He fed five thousand people with a few fish and loaves of bread. He turned water into wine, He healed the blind, the lame, the sick.
He brought people back from the dead. How can we possibly, realistically take this promise seriously?
Jesus knew this His time on earth was deliberately limited in time and earthly scope. He never traveled outside of Israel. In His lifetime, neither Europe nor Asia heard the Gospel. He had never seen an immoral city like Rome. Even His opponents in Israel were religious men, trying to live moral lives, in spite of their stubborn legalism and the hypocrisy that lurked in some of their hearts.
It was not in Jesus’ lifetime that Christianity broke out of Israel to permeate the world.
In terms of numbers and the influence of Christianity in the world, not until hundreds of years later did the Gospel impact most of the known world.
In the days of His flesh, Jesus was limited to Palestine, but after His resurrection, He was liberated from earthly limitations and sent His Spirit to work mightily throughout the world, through those who call themselves followers of Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you and empower you to do what Jesus did—and more!
“You can hear Jesus uttering these words [about this verse]: ‘The work that I do you are doing and you’re doing it greater than I did it because thousands are greater than one. I could only love one person face to face at the time. But there are thousands, yea, millions of you now and each of you at any given moment can love someone intimately and powerfully in my name.’” —Tony Campolo
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