Works= Strong’s Hebrew 5647. abad and means to serve, to be a servant. Let’s find out what Jesus/ Yeshua was really talking about in the verse below.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.” John 14:12 NASB.
The verse above is used much in charismatic circles. It’s stated as a means of doing signs and wonders and healings, but is that what the verse is talking about?
A couple of things are going on here in the passage but let’s first delve into the miracles Jesus/Yeshua did.
He turned water into wine. He raised the dead, brought the man Lazarus out of the grave after four days. He opened the eyes of the blind and he walked on water. He healed the lepers, the demonized and even restored the soldier’s ear that was cut off. Not only did he do these amazing miracles, he also appeared to them after he had died and was resurrected. The Bible says he changed his form.
“After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.” Mark 16:12 NASB.
“… and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Mark 9:3 NASB.
I’ve listed a few items above but I think that if we really think hard about this we can see that no earthly fleshly man has ever done miracles GREATER than Yeshua/ Jesus the Messiah!
So what does this verse mean? When we look at this closely we see he uses the word “Works,” and he says at the end of the sentence, “Because I go to my Father.” So what is he talking about?
When Jesus was getting ready to ascend he told his followers that he was going to His Father and to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be poured out and that he was sending the Comforter. After all of this happens we see Peter giving a sermon and over 3,000 souls coming back into the covenant and then 5,000 souls. Another thought that comes to mind is the fact that the Apostles take the message throughout the world. The message of the Lamb of Yahweh, who takes away the sins of the world went forth.
Jesus was not talking about signs, miracles, and wonders. He was talking about righteousness, obedience, and the Torah going forth with grace and mercy for all people. Greater works came for all people, not just the children of Isreal but the dogs that ate the crumbs under the Master’s table! So why have we made it about signs?
“One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Matthew 12:38 NLT.
See, Jesus/ Yeshua was talking about works. Beware of false prophets who come to you with their magic tricks and their smooth words of prophetic prosperity and miraculous healings. Yes, our Father is so powerful He can do anything and He is still in the miracle working business but the Bible has been used at times for fame and fortune.
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” Mark 13:22 NASB.
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