Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Can we experience the actual presence of Jesus? Yesterday I articulated how our little core group that meets weekly experienced Jesus in a full and meaningful way. Let’s examine what it means to experience Jesus.
Jesus made an astounding statement about what his followers will be able to do: “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.” (John 14:12) This is what it means to experience Jesus for his early disciples and it applies to us today.
NOTE what Jesus says those who believe in him can do. You’ll be able to do the works Jesus does AND you will be able to do greater works than the works of Jesus. Whatever term you use – to believe, trust, follow, there is no great feat that one must do here to be able to do the works Jesus does and to even do greater works than Jesus did. Keep in mind that Jesus is speaking to his early disciples here and this is also true for all of Jesus’ disciples everywhere in every generation.
In addition to his followers being able to do the works that he did and doing greater works than what he did, Jesus intensifies what he is offering his followers with another incredible statement, almost as explosive as the first one. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
Jesus invites his followers to ask “whatever” in his name and he will act upon it. He will act on it, so that the Father will be glorified – radiated and reflected – in the Son. Whatever you ask in his name, Jesus will focus all of his wisdom and power upon that request!
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1)
NOTE that Jesus is called our advocate. Advocate is translated from the word, “Paraclete”, one who is called alongside to help, a friend who is a comforter. Jesus’ role from the beginning with his followers is to be a friend who walks beside them along the way. So, when we refer to the habit of learning to walk with Jesus, it’s so that you can seek his counsel, strength and comfort daily. Can you imagine what it was like to walk alongside Jesus as his early disciples did as you are doing life together?
Jesus still offers this same presence, his presence, to come alongside us today and to be in us! Tomorrow we’ll cover the rest of the story!