TEXT: John 14:12-14
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.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 222.
A.B. Simpson said, “The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.”
For the eleven disciples who remained in the upper room with Jesus during His farewell address, one question must have been prevalent in their minds above all others. It was: What are we going to do without Him? You see, up until this point, Jesus had spoke only of His leaving. Apparently, the disciples would be staying, and now, they were wondering what they were going to be doing with Jesus gone.
Well, Jesus did not leave His followers behind just to worship Him and commemorate what He had done. Nor did He leave them behind to only look forward to His return. Rather, Jesus told them to continue His works. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” Haven’t you found that, when you are waiting eagerly for someone to arrive or for something to happen, if you occupy yourself by doing something else in the meantime, it seems as though the time passes faster?
Well, while Jesus was away preparing a place for them in Heaven, the disciples were to be imitators of Christ. They were to carry on Jesus’ work. What did Jesus do? He preached the Gospel, He embraced the outcasts, He fed the hungry, He healed the sick, He comforted those who mourned. Christians today ought to be in the business of doing the same.
Jesus goes on to say, “And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Jesus, like any good leader, knows that His greatest legacy is not in what He does by Himself, but in what He inspires others to do after Him. Jesus knew that the disciples would not reach their full potential as long as He was around. He could have stayed on earth, but He didn’t. He wanted His followers to take up the mantle and spread the Gospel message far and wide.
Now, what did Jesus mean when He said His followers would do greater works than He had done? The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The apostles would not necessarily do more stupendous miracles than Jesus did (such as feeding 5,000 people), but that their outreach would be greater (for example, Peter in one sermon had 3,000 converts).” The “greater works” that we do are greater in scope, not in substance. It is highly likely that none of us will ever walk on water, feed 5,000 people from a single lunch, or raise somebody’s child from the dead. However, while Jesus only had a few faithful converts during His ministry, it was the disciples who brought thousands into the fold of the Great Shepherd.
Jesus’ ministry was extremely limited. He did not have the internet, television, radio, or print media to spread His message. He did not have trains, cars, or planes to go different places and reach the masses. Jesus lived, ministered, and died in the narrow strip of land known then as Palestine. But, today, we have a plethora of mediums to get the message of the Gospel out. We must take every means at our disposal and use it to preach the Gospel. We can reach in one week’s time the number of people that Jesus reached in three years. This is the “greater work” that we must do.
Instead of lamenting the state of the world and pining for Jesus’ return, we ought to get busy doing the work that Jesus did. While Jesus certainly ignited the revolution of Christendom, it was His followers of whom it was said, “These have turned the world upside down.”
Every Christian has work to do for Jesus. I suggest you get busy.
Elsie D. Yale wrote —
There’s a work for Jesus, ready at your hand,
’Tis a task the Master just for you has planned.
Haste to do His bidding, yield Him service true;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.
There’s a work for Jesus, humble though it be,
’Tis the very service He would ask of thee.
Go where fields are whitened, and the workers few;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.
There’s a work for Jesus, precious souls to bring,
Tell them of His mercies, tell them of your King.
Faint not, nor grow weary, He will strength renew;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.
If you are not one of Jesus’ disciples, there is a work that God wants you to do as well, and that is to believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.