John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. What could Jesus be talking about when He says we will do greater works than He did? What could be greater than raising a man from the dead?
As marvelous as the resurrection of Lazarus was, he came back to a world filled with poverty, hatred and fear. In fact, he became a target for assassination because so many people were coming to Jesus because of what happened to him. (John 12:10) Once he was resurrected his body continued the process of decay and eventually he died again. I have visited his tomb in a church on the island of Cyprus.
But now that Jesus has returned to the Father we can share eternal life with people – life that does not end in a tomb. Not a life in a world of sorrow, poverty and misery like Lazarus returned to but life without end in the glorious presence of God! Life eternal where our bodies are not daily dying – in fact, nothing is dying – rather everything is alive with real life, eternal life. How much greater is that?! And the purpose of it all …?
Jesus said, “To glorify the Father”. (John 14:13) When we share the message of salvation through Jesus Christ the greatest work of all is done – the Word of God is sent to accomplish its purpose, eternal destinies are changed and the Father is glorified.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.