I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:12-13
HERE, JESUS IS TELLING US THE SOLEMN TRUTH!
What does this say about us, if we are not performing miraculous deeds like Jesus? Verses like this used to mess with me. I want to be one of those who “believe.” The miraculous deeds that Jesus did were not part of my Christian experience. It is very tempting to try to explain away verses like this, but I resisted.
Instead I prayed, “Lord, teach me, disciple me so that I can live this passage.”
I fasted for 20 days. I read the Word of God and began to believe it was for real, even if my life didn’t reflect it. Then God began to do the very things that He did through Jesus in and through my life. It was gradual at first. Once every couple of months, or once every six months. Now it has become more normal.
I share this to encourage you. I don’t think you have to explain this verse away. I believe that you are either living this type of life, or you believe, but no one has taught you the truth about who you are and how to live this way—or else you just don’t really believe. Which is it?
I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, – John 14:12