December 04, 2020 – Friday
John 14:12-14 NIV
12 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.
Yesterday we looked at verses 9-11 where Jesus was replying to a query from Philip. But His reply did not end in verse 11, it continued through the verses we have for today and then another seven verses. However, we will focus on the three verses above for today where Jesus provides three promises to His disciples on the night He will be arrested.
Recall this chapter begins with Jesus comforting His disciples (v1), Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God]; believe also in Me. He is continuing to comfort them here as well. Even though He will be arrested, tortured, and crucified He tells them, 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. Their work is not yet done, and they will be doing greater things! The greater things or greater works He spoke of would still be His works but accomplished through them with His Spirit within them. Guzik states, Jesus did not mean greater in the sense of more sensational, but greater in magnitude. Jesus would leave behind a victorious, working family of followers who would spread His kingdom to more people and places than Jesus ever did in His life and ministry. This promise seems impossible; yet after Peter’s first sermon there were more converted than are recorded during Jesus’ entire ministry. And then Guzik quotes Tasker, The literal rendering of the word translated by av greater works is ‘greater things’; and probably this should be retained. The works of the apostles after the resurrection were not greater in kind than those of Jesus, but greater in the sphere of their influence. Clearly this is correct as the disciples carried out Jesus’ Great Commission to share the Gospel with the world.
Jesus next states (v13) And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. This is His explanation about how greater things might be accomplished by His followers. His works would continue through His people who first asked (prayer) and then took action in His name. Something understood then and sometimes forgotten now, if what was asked for was not in God’s will, it would not be granted. Thus, any request must reflect Jesus’ will as well because He said whatever you ask in My name. It would make no sense to pray for things or actions unworthy of asking in His name. If we ask anything in His name, we assume what we are asking for is something we could expect Him to concur with, to agree with us, to be of one mind with us on whatever our request is. Why is this so? If it were not, then the Father would not be glorified in the Son.
These same considerations would be true of our last verse for today, You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it. Whatever we ask in His name must, in some way, bring glory to the Father.
What greater things are we doing today in Jesus name that hopefully is bringing glory to God? Do you support a church? Do you support missionary work? Do you support bringing bibles to those who do not have them? Do you support a ministry that brings God’s word to others in actions?
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help me to always pray in such a way that my prayers are in Your will. Also help me to pray in such a way that my prayers in Jesus name reflects honor on Him and on You. – In Jesus name, amen.