Of all the many times I must have read John 14:12 in my life, and that only now it strikes me is astounding. This happens often. A case, I guess, of, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears’.
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Where are our greater works than Christ? Set that aside even. Where are our works of Christ? I’m not talking about the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control). I’m talking about his works. Healing the sick, making the blind see, the lame walk, giving life back to the dead, prophesying (among other things that some would consider debatable).
What greater things shall we be doing than raising the dead?
Somehow I think that if my husband were to raise someone from the dead, people would automatically assume that he was some kind of minion for the devil, or drawing upon darker powers. Somehow, and I don’t know why I think this, I don’t think they would assume he was drawing on the powers of heaven.
Why? I ask myself. Maybe because we have lost faith in the power of God while evil is all around us. Maybe it is our lack of faith that keeps us from doing greater works than Christ.
Again, if someone did come along and do greater works than Christ, or at least works equal to his, most would call him a devil.
If anyone were to be doing greater works than Christ, would it not likely be a Prophet of God? Do our Church leaders (do I dare call them prophets when I have heard no prophecy since I joined the Church in 2006?) do greater works than Christ? Equal works to Christ? I have not seen this, other than a blessing on someone who was sick who got better.
Again I have to ask, if someone did come along and do the works (and greater) of Christ, how well would we receive him?
Joseph Smith came along prophesying and having visions and revealing doctrine. He was not received by the world. He was considered blasphemous by Protestants and by mainstream Christianity today. Well, then, what should one doing works equal to or greater than Christ look like?
And why did Christ say we shall do these works because he goeth to his Father? I gather because he wouldn’t be here to do them. Mainstream Christianity says we can’t have any Prophets after Christ. If it be true, who are the people doing works equal to or greater than Christ? Who should come after him and do these things (if not prophets)?
Since the Church was formed as a result of the Priesthood, the Priesthood exists independent of the Church. The Lord revealed that if the Church did not do his will, he would accomplish his work through another people (looking for this reference… anyone know?). I am left wondering and looking for this other people. Where is the Priesthood? Where are the people doing the works, and greater, of Christ?