Jesus says farewell – Part Four (John 14:12-14)

We’re continuing in our series through Jesus’ farewell speech in John 14-17. So far, we’ve seen that Jesus is God’s authorised representative. He alone gives access to the Father, and is the only one qualified to make the Father known. Today, we focus on our role…

We are also God’s authorised representatives!

Believe it or not, Jesus tells us that we will do greater works than he has done:

John 14:12-14 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. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

How can we do greater things than Jesus? What can be greater than turning water into wine, healing the sick, raising Lazarus from the dead? This is a very puzzling statement, which has led to many scholarly opinions. But I think we get some clue from some similar statements elsewhere:

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