John 14:12 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Jesus made it very clear that even though He was leaving and going back to His Father, His earthly ministry should definitely continue after He was gone. He also told the disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit Who would be the same as He is.
John 14:16-17 (KJV) 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:26 (KJV) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Since we’ve been given a command to do the same works as Jesus, let’s see just what those works are and what happens when we do them.
Jesus healed and delivered everyone who came to Him. He also raised the dead, calmed the storms, and performed miracles of abundance: turning water into wine, feeding the multitudes with as few loaves and fishes, etc.
To be sure, when Jesus was present, signs, wonders, and miracles occurred. And that’s what’s supposed to happen with us – doing the same works as Jesus did!
After Jesus’ resurrection, we see the apostles and disciples doing the works of Jesus and having a lot of success. But the interesting part is what happened because of the signs, wonders, and miracles: people got healed, delivered, set free, saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and the joy of the Lord filled the atmosphere! What a glorious time they had!
So what am I saying? If we take Jesus’ words seriously and start doing the same works He did, we should get the same results He did – people would get healed, saved, and set free! Wow! Isn‘t that what the preaching of the gospel is all about?
Brothers and sisters, we don’t have any excuse because Jesus would never tell us to do something we could not do. So let’s get going and do the works of Jesus and impact this unsaved world for good!
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Acts 8:6 (KJV) 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Acts 9:32-35 (KJV) 32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
Acts 2:43 (KJV) 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Acts 5:12 (KJV) 12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Acts 14:3 (KJV) 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Hebrews 2:4 (KJV) 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?