Works= Strong’s Hebrew 5647. Abad and means to serve, to be a servant. Let’s find out what Yeshua may have been talking about in 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.
Yeshua 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 fantastic miracles, but 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 think hard about this, we can see that no earthly fleshly man has ever done miracles GREATER than Yeshua the Messiah!
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (1 Colossians 1:15-20 NASB).
So what does this verse about us doing greater works 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 God, who takes away the sins of the world went forth.
Yeshua 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, 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).
One day we will all be healed and set free and reign with Him in His glorious Kingdom. For this, we wait, and some even will receive a greater resurrection. Let’s look at those people in closing.
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning;e they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:32-40 NASB).
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