Day 28 - An Astonishing Promise! | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Friday, February 28, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

These are astonishing words from Jesus Christ! All of the Gospels show us His power, His works, and His love in action. Here Jesus turned to His followers to empower them. To “empower” is to give someone authority or ability to do something one could not do before. Empowerment was the value of our education, mentoring, and training growing up. We’ve gained skills that would have never have been gained on our own.

Jesus said we will do “greater works.” Of course, we cannot do greater works in terms of the miraculous and divine nature of His work. We can do a greater quantity of work, because there are more of us Christ-followers than ever lived before. When He walked the earth, Jesus could only be in one place at a time. He certainly worked miracles in places beyond His physical presence, like healing the sick servant of the Centurion. (Matthew 8:4-6)

The message to Jesus’ disciples at the time He spoke these words, and to us who read those words today is this: We can do more of the works of Jesus in our community and around the world in leading people to salvation, to healing, to spiritual maturity, and much more. Jesus also promised to make provision by answering our prayers and petitions. He plainly stated, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Of course, “anything” is within the realm of God’s purpose and will...and we should ask!

Reflection Question: What are some of the “greater works” you are doing in representing Jesus in our day? What do you need to ask Jesus to do?

Action Item: