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Doing Greater Things than Jesus?

If you are following my blog at all, you know that I am taking FOREVER to write my Bible study of John. Thank you for hanging in here with me. It is WAY more ANNOYING for me than it is for you!   See, I started out writing for a friend because I wanted her to “love Jesus like I do”. Which sounds all super-holy, but I didn’t really want to be changed by what I was reading, I just wanted to help my friend (cause deep down, I sorta think I got it going on!) But God has this super annoying and ultimately amazing habit of wanting me to be better than I am. So…when I really study the Bible, I get confronted with areas where I need to grow (ugh/yay!) The last section of John 14 really kinda lays it all out there and calls us out on whether we are actually following Jesus and if you honestly think about it, it ought to be a little uncomfortable and a lot exciting so let’s dig in! In the first section, Jesus is talking to his disciples about how he and God the Father are the same. Then out of nowhere he gives us this impossible challenge: 12-14Whoever 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. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Woah! Hold up a minute Jesus! That’s a pretty tall order I’m supposed to “do even GREATER things” than you did? Uhhhhm…I’m pretty sure I’m NOT doing that! Through the years, I’ve asked several preachers and Christian leaders about this passage and their answers always sound like a politician who was just asked to explain his campaign spending. No one wants to say, “yeah, I can’t really think of a Christian that is living up to that.” Also, at least in America, we don’t really want to be that freaky weirdo that is over the top religious. So, we just feel awkward, convicted and not sure what to do about it and we think…