John 14.12-14 cont.
12 In all sincerity I tell you: the one believing in Me and the works that I do, he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you should ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified through the Son.
14 I will do whatever you ask Me in My name.
It is good for us to try and place ourselves in the same situation that the disciples were in when they heard Jesus say that they would do the same works that He did. During Jesus’ earthly ministry we know very little of their experience of doing the same works that He did.
We know that there were a couple of occasions when Jesus sent them out on missions to preach the gospel and heal the sick. Luke tells us that they encountered success, and that even the demons obeyed them.
There was another occasion when some of the disciples were unable to heal the boy with a deaf and mute spirit, and Jesus had to intervene to help them and teach them what they needed to do.
Peter tried to do the same as Jesus when He bid him to walk to Him on the water. He was partially successful.
As they reclined in the Upper Room, Jesus astounds them by telling them that they would do the same works that He had been doing.
Perhaps we are familiar with what Jesus did. He had not been in public ministry long before He turned the water into wine. Also, earlier He healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. In John chapter two we read that many believed in Jesus because of the many miraculous signs that He did.
The disciples would be remembering theses miraculous signs that Jesus had done, and know He was telling them that the time had come for them to move into a new era of doing exactly what He had been doing.
In the book of Acts we see something of their doing signs and wonders, in particular the beggar man sitting at the gate Beautiful. Peter and John healed him in the name of Jesus, and he got back the use of his legs.
Jesus said that the ones doing the same works as Him are those who believe in Him.
This includes us. We live within the same promise of Jesus. Therefore, as we read about the things that Jesus did we should be praying that He would lead us in the power of the Holy Spirit to do the same miraculous works.
Let us remember that the gifts of the Holy Spirit include those of healing and miracles.