The Work of Cooperation
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
- John 14:12
Stop me when this gets unbelievable.
Jesus lived a sinless life. He worked miracles: turning water into wine, transforming scarce resources into food for a crowd, raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. He healed the sick and gave sight to the blind. He preached amazing sermons at a pace slow enough that people could record / remember his every word.
And he said that whoever believes in him would do the works he had been doing.
More than that, he said that they would do even greater things. Greater things?
We look at Jesus and are tempted to think he’s remarkable because he was miraculous. We can’t even keep up with him, much less attempt “greater things.”
But Jesus is remarkable not because he’s super-human but because he’s fully human and in full cooperation with his Father.
Look at that last thought in today’s verse: “because I am going to the Father.” The reason we can do the works he’s been doing and can even dream of doing “greater things” is because there’s absolutely zero expectation that we would do them without Jesus.
We are invited to cooperate with Jesus even as he cooperates with the Father.
What’s one thing the Father’s doing in your sphere of life? How can you cooperate with that so that your life can look more like Jesus’ life and your work can look more like Jesus’ work?