Even Greater Works

Acts 2:1-21 • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b • Romans 8:14-17 • John 14:8-17, (25-27)

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:8-17, 25-27 New Living Translation (NLT)

Again we have a passage that comes from John. It seems like I have been here quite a bit lately. On Maundy Thursday, we looked at John’s Gospel from chapter 13 all the way through 17. During this Easter season, we have looked a select passages. This week, we look at Jesus’ words.

To set up this week’s words, at the end of chapter 13, we find out Judas will betray Jesus and Peter will deny Jesus – immediately after Peter and Jesus’ conversation, Jesus speaks, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me…” Jesus is speaking words of comfort to his disciples. They don’t know what’s going to happen over the next few hours and Jesus reminds them that there is a Kingdom beyond this world…but that they will have to remain here. Philip speaks up and asks Jesus to show the disciples the Father. Jesus replies, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”

At this point, Jesus reminds us that He and the Father are one. It is now that Jesus tells us that those who believe in him will do the same works and even greater works, because Jesus is going to the Father AND sending the Holy Spirit. Jesus reminds the disciples that if we ask for things in Jesus’ name, He will do it. We often think that means just speaking the name of Jesus. But I believe it is much more. It is knowing that what we ask is what Jesus wants – that it is something that Jesus himself would do. If we do that, we have his power, because the Holy Spirit is coming – which we celebrate on Pentecost – which is tomorrow. The Holy Spirit will lead to all truth and he will be our counselor and guide – if only we follow His leading. The Holy Spirit comes so that we are not as orphans, but we are children of God. As we close out this passage, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is promised and just as the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, he comes to us today – and we can do the same works – and even greater works than Jesus – if we follow him, love Him and obey His commands.

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