“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (Reference: John 14:12 )
I have always wondered how we can do even greater things than Christ. It doesn’t seem possible. But then I thought, what if it is on a comparative scale?! We, operating out of our human-ness are able to rise above our human limitations and do wondrous compassionate things, perform heroic and sacrificial acts, and turn evil into good. Change enemies into friends (referring to 2013’s theme here and in “Sip of Scripture” on the website Third Way Cafe) and sow peace where there is discord, hatred, and violence. If can do all of these things that are above the norm, maybe that is comparable to Christ performing divine miracles! At least that is the way my faith/belief system worked it out.
However, Balthasar Hubmaier (one of the more outspoken historic Anabaptists) has another way of looking at this passage and pronouncement. He said that it is through Christ and only through Christ – that is using Christ’s power and strength – that Christians can do “even greater things”. He said, “Thus Christ also says in John 14:12, “He who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he do.” And yet it is known that we do not and cannot do
anything, but he must do it through and in us, as it is written in Acts 3:12 and 14:15.” I would agree with this, and humbly suggest it dovetails into my theory, that through Christ we rise above our human limitations and start to emulate the Divine. And if that is so, we are capable of such “miracles” every day, showing compassion, care, mercy, forgiveness etc.
May you beloved do ever greater things in your life, inspired by the love and example of Christ. Selah1