Do you believe everything Jesus said?
Jesus made an astonishing statement to us in John 14:12 when Jesus informed his followers, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
The only qualification that Jesus mentions to being able to do the same works that he himself did is believing in him. There is no fine print at the bottom of the page or additional qualifications listed on an addendum in the back of your Bible.
The works of Jesus are not reserved for the most elite disciples or those who have formal religious training.
Amazingly, Jesus invites every one of his disciples to partner with him and to continue his work of bringing the Kingdom of God into the earth. The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of everything Jesus did during his life on the earth. However, for the sake of this post, I will mention ten works that we see Jesus doing in the gospel:
1. Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom
Throughout the gospel accounts, Jesus declares the good news that God’s Kingdom was at hand and how people could enter into it (Luke 7:22). Likewise, in Matthew 24:14, Jesus instructs his disciples to proclaim the good news throughout the entire world and to all people groups. In announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we do not stand on street corners with megaphones screaming at every passerby. Instead, as courageous followers of Jesus, we share the story of Jesus and our story of following him with those we encounter.
2. Jesus taught the way of the Kingdom.
Not only did Jesus announce the availability of God’s Kingdom, but Jesus also instructed others how to live the life of the Kingdom on the earth now (see Matthew 5-7). ]As his disciples, we also are to help teach others about the abundant life of Jesus and how to live as God’s people on the earth.
3. Jesus healed the sick.
Over and over, Jesus touched those who were inflicted with sickness, disease, and even death (Matthew 4:24). In Matthew 10:7-8, Jesus commissions his followers to proclaim the Kingdom of God, to heal the sick, and to cast out demons. Today, we are to do the same works of Jesus in praying for and comforting the sick.
4. Jesus cast out demons.
Another work that Jesus continually performed was setting people free from demonic oppression (Luke 4:36). This work was not reserved for Jesus only. Jesus gives his disciples authority over the powers of darkness (Mark 6:12:13). We are to do the same works of Jesus by helping set people free who are in bondage and captivity to the enemy.
5. Jesus made disciples.
Jesus invited people to follow him and to be his disciples (Matthew 16:24). Jesus extends this same mission to us by instructing us to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We are to pour our lives into others and help guide them in their journey with Jesus.
6. Jesus ate and drank with people far from God.
In Matthew 11:19, Jesus acknowledges that certain people accused him of being a friend with “sinners” because of his regular eating and drinking with people who were far from God. As his disciples, we are not to insulate ourselves from those who not believers. Instead, we are to do the work of Jesus and seek to develop intentional relationships with those who do not yet believe in him.
7. Jesus wept with those who wept.
One of the most powerful stories of Jesus involves him consoling Mary after the death of her brother Lazarus (John 11:28-38). The Scriptures tell us that Jesus was deeply moved in his spirit. Jesus is not removed from our sufferings, pain, and heartbreak. What is interesting, Jesus knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:28-38). Rather, than seeking to encourage Mary and telling her just to wait because everything was about to change and joy was moments away, Jesus cried with her. In her moment of sorrow, Jesus entered into Mary’s pain to comfort her. In the same manner, we are to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
8. Jesus did justice.
Jesus boldly spoke out against inequality, sided with the poor and exploited, assisted the downtrodden, touched the alienated, and condemned those who oppressed others (Luke 4:18-19). In today’s culture, we must recognize that our society is still filled with numerous people groups and communities facing systemic oppression, and we must do the works of Jesus. Micah 6:8 states, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness?” James 1:27 reminds us that true and pure religion involves loving, serving, and helping those in affliction.
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9. Jesus stood up against religious corruption.
Jesus came against religious teachings and human-made rules and traditions that sought to keep people in bondage (Matthew 23). Jesus and his truth set people free. We must do the works of Jesus and help people walk in freedom.
10. Jesus served others.
On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus presented his disciples with a powerful example of following him. Jesus took on the role of a servant and washed their feet – including the one who would betray him. Jesus tells them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:13–14). Our lives are to follow the example of Jesus by serving others and becoming the least of all (Mark 9:35).
As a follower of Jesus, we are to do what Jesus did. Obviously, we cannot need to do all these works at the same time. However, I would encourage you to participate in all of them at different points in your life.
Believe in Jesus, be courageous, take a risk, and do what Jesus did!