The Dying Declaration of Jesus Christ
John chapters 12-17 can be called the 'dying declaration' of Jesus. They were the last statements of Jesus before going to the cross. These last chapters in John occurred during the last three days of Jesus' life, and they are his dying declaration.
It can be said that the life of Jesus was summarized during these last three days. The previous 3 years was all the work of Jesus, but these last three days brought everything into sharp focus. What were the greatest things he was trying to emphasize? We only have space to cover one of them here.
Jesus, the Son of God says, "Greater Works Will You Do"
This is a real mouthful if you seriously contemplate it. He did more miracles, healings, and signs and wonders than anyone else. He even walked on water, calmed a raging storm, and fed many thousands of people with almost nothing. He raised the dead. He turned water into wine " a miracle that makes religious people gasp.
Yet he says we will do greater works than he did! The first thought is often that maybe he spent too much time out in the hot sun the day he made this statement!
What did Jesus mean by this? I know there are contingents in the church who claim this literally, and who say that we should be doing greater physical works than Jesus, and if we're not, then we're just not living in faith.
See this: we are told Jesus healed ALL who came to him. Do you know anyone who heals ALL who come to them? As we lawyers say, "The defense rests its case."
Natural Things in Life vs. the Invisible Spiritual Kingdom
Our minds tend to gravitate toward the natural " the physical. We want everything to be explained by sight and sound and the human senses. But Jesus was talking in terms of covenant, and he was initiating the New Covenant in his blood (which he had done in communion shortly before saying these words). He came to do the will of God by setting the Old Covenant law aside and inaugurating the New Covenant gospel (Heb 10:9). Hebrews 9:9-10 calls this 'the time of reformation.'
The physical was indeed included in Jesus' words, but I don't think he was only focused on physical healings and physical miracles, as we most often are.
Jesus Totally Knew the Heart of His Father to Bless us
The Old Covenant had both blessings and curses. But Jesus came and took the curses, leaving us only with the blessings. He took the liability of sin away by becoming sin for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit. He made us one with the Father " having no need for temples, sacrifices, a priesthood, feasts, or any other shadows of things he came to fulfill. He gave us his very own divine righteousness.
Jesus Imparted the Power of the New Covenant to Us
Everything became 100 times better because of the cross, and the inauguration of the New Covenant. All things that had been longed for by God's people for 4,000 years now became reality. And we can do greater works than Jesus because we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us, and the authority of the New Covenant behind us. NO one in the history of the earth has had what we now have.
We have the power to forgive sin. We have the authority to proclaim righteousness and perfection in Christ. We have within us all spiritual blessings to bestow on others. We have a new dispensation, reformation, transformation and translation into the Kingdom of God. We are given the faith of Jesus himself to live out upon the face of this planet.
Does This Include Miracles, Healings, and Signs and Wonders?
Even though everything is not physical and natural, it absolutely does include the physical and natural " the fact that Jesus heals through us. This is part of the package. Because of who we are in God, and what we have been given by God, we should be seeing more healing and miracles today.
I think the problem is one of unbelief. All that concerns too many of us is the physical and the natural. We lose perspective of the spiritual as our only focus is to change physical reality for the better.
The New Covenant gospel is so good it is almost impossible to believe, so we tend to discount it, and water it down. We tend to marry it with things our reasoning minds can conjure up and more easily relate to. We gravitate to physical, natural things because this is the nature of our world.
Yes, doing greater works definitely does include healings, miracles and signs and wonders. But I don't believe we are going to do greater physical
works than Jesus, and heal ALL who come to us. This would create pride.
But I do believe we'd see a lot more healings if we didn't just begin in the physical " trying to cause more healings to happen. That's flesh. Instead, our goal should be oneness with God, through whom the New Covenant came into reality " my means of the divine pledge of God himself.
The Whole Person
This would affect our whole person, not just our body, or our need for physical healing. "I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." Healing isn't even God's best. Health is God's best. And health is intended to touch every fiber of our being, and every area of our life. If you doubt this, simply read Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, and realize these blessings were even in the Old Covenant, let alone in the New. The New is much better (Heb 11:39-40).
The greater works we see begin in covenant, and in the heart of God himself, and move in an outward expansion to include everything that influences and touches our lives. Our problem is we are too narrow minded. If our stomach hurts, the only thing we can see is the need for physical healing in our stomach.
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