Jesus said, "Greater things you will do then I have." Do you think that this will happen?
To understand this question, go to various Bible translations and see what is written. Our question refers specifically to John 14:12. You'll find there's a remarkable agreement among different Bible translations.
The King James Version is one most quoted, probably because of its poetic speech. Here John 14:12 reads: "Verily verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works that these shall he do, because I go onto my Father."
Regardless of the translation, some people think about how cool it would be to walk on water, quiet a thunderstorm, change water into wine or feed lots of people with just a few leftovers. And some really like the idea of raising the dead.
When we think that way, however, we're merely saying, "Look what I can do Aren't I the coolest thing around?"
The human ego wants to be cool, special, famous, to gain others' attention. But walking on water and other so-called miracles were not the goal of the Christ. They are not the goal of those of us who try to express our Christ-hood. These so-called miracles are solely the results of our Christ Consciousness.
I like to think that, as Jesus walked through villages teaching people and healing the sick, people would leap to their feet as he passed, crying with joy. And yet Jesus most likely paid little or no attention at all to this drama unfolding behind him. The healings that happened as he walked by were merely the effect of the Christ Consciousness he was expressing. And, when Jesus walked on the lake to help the apostles in the storm, he didn't say to them, "Hey guys, watch this." He was just helping his friends in his own calm, everyday kind of way.
Now the human ego focuses on the phenomena, not its effect. In fact, it doesn't even comprehend the cause, which is God, God the Creator, expressing clearly through the human being's Christ Consciousness. The Christ Consciousness goes beyond the limitations of the beliefs of the world, beliefs in sickness, physics, and science. We say that we can't walk on water, and Jesus does it. No, the miracles are not the phenomena, but rather the effect of the Christ Consciousness that produces it.
People would try to give Jesus attention and worship him; yet, he he would say to them, "No way that is going to happen." He knew that at the moment his human ego took credit for the teachings and its results, he was no longer expressing the Christ Consciousness and the so-called miracles would stop.
If you would love Jesus the Christ, love him because he had the strength of Spirit to withstand the temptations of the human ego. There have been tens of thousands of wonderful teachers who got only so far, and then fell prey to the temptations to be rich and famous, or to be right, or to be worshipped.
When Jesus said that we'd do the works he did, he wasn't referring to walking on water or changing water into wine. He was referring to loving God and every person, every creature, loving life itself in all its forms, unconditionally. He was referring to allowing life to be what it is without criticism or judgment, without any of the "ain't it awfuls" of human egos. He was referring to letting go of victimization, the belief that anything ever happens just by chance. He was referring to trusting your God each and every moment of the day of your entire lifetime.
Every time you allow yourself to slip into the drama of our human existence, you have moved away from your own Christ Consciousness. Every time I get into a talk radio program, watch a TV drama, discuss politics with someone of differing beliefs, etc., I move away from my own Christ Consciousness.
Jesus promise that we'd do the works he did wasn't an idle thought. Jesus taught us what to do and demonstrated how to do it, even to allowing himself to be publically executed as a demonstration of love and forgiveness. He could have just as easily walked away from the Romans; but, he didn't. No, he had a message for us. He allowed his execution to serve as an example, showing that even though you can get even, though you can blow the bad guys away, even though you can do those things and more, it is better to let go, to forgive, and to love.
Jesus said "Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believeth in me, the works that I do, he shall do also, and greater works than these he will do; because, I go to the Father."
Do you think that this will happen? Will you forgive and let go? Will you let go of your belief in victimization? Will you let go and gratefully, let God? Will you trust that all things work together for the greater good of all? Will you?
The Rev. Barbara Eckhardt is the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Peace. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.