It is hard to fathom doing greater works than the Son of God. What is it that Jesus is saying in John 14:12-14 when He says, “they will do even greater things than these”?
There are two good references to answer this question. First, is the word itself. In Greek, the word used is Megas. It is important to note it is not Kalos. Megas is more or bigger. Kalos is better. When Jesus says we will do greater work, He isn’t saying our work will be better than His, but it will be megas, bigger, more.
The second is to look at where else in the bible this specific term is used. In this case, that is easy because it is used only in one other place, in John 5.:20. This was the story of the invalid that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and all the religious leaders could see was the sin of the man carrying his mat on the Sabbath, not that he had been healed. Jesus responds to their rebuke with, “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” It is interesting to note that the one doing the work is the Father and the one who gets to see it being done, first hand, is the Son.
As Jesus continues in John 14, “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.” He shows that the greater works are not because we have some special skill, but because He, Jesus, is going to the Father. Just as the Father did greater works that Jesus observed first hand, Jesus will do greater works that we will observe first hand. We are the many, the mirrors, the megas that reflect the light of His greater works so the whole world may be amazed.
Don’t you know me? How can you say…?
1. The words he has said, 2. the evidence of the works. “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
Whoever believes in me will do the works I’ve been doing and even greater works. This is because they/we have the full power of Jesus at the right hand of the Father, plus the indwelling of the Holy Spirit whom He has sent.