Having just told Philip and the other disciples that anyone who had seen Him had also seen His Father, Jesus told them that His words and His works are actually His Father’s words and works.
“I tell you the truth,” He continued, “anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in My Name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-14 NLT
In this astonishing declaration, Jesus makes room for many more sons of God to participate in speaking the Father’s Words and doing the Father’s Works, thereby bringing more and more glory to the Father in the Name of Jesus. Having just said that the works He Himself had done are proof enough that He lives in the Father and the Father in Him, Jesus said that those who believe in Him will also do the same works, or even greater works– in other words, they too will share in the life of the Father.
In the first chapter of John, we are told “to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” After Jesus had returned to His Father in Heaven, these children of God carried both the words and the works of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Note, too, the humility of Jesus– “you will do greater works than I have done, because I am going to My Father.” The book of Acts records such things– the apostles touching handkerchiefs which were carried to the sick who then recovered, or the sick being placed in beds where Peter’s shadow would touch them in healing as he passed by. All was done in the Name of Jesus, bringing glory to the Father.
What adventure lies in store for those of us who believe in Jesus!