JESUS IS | The Best Way Forward
August 28, 2016
Jesus told Philip, “believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (vs. 11). What works was Jesus speaking of? It was the works that He had been doing since the disciples had begun following Him. He walked on water, fed the multitudes, and even raised the dead. His disciples had seen all these miracles. So what was Jesus telling them when He said they would do “greater works than these” (vs. 12)? They would do better miracles than Jesus? This is unlikely. No servant is greater than their master (John 13:16). What did Jesus mean then? The disciples certainly outnumbered Jesus. He was one person. They were 12. Jesus taught that the works of the disciples, who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6), would not be greater in quality than His miracles. However, they would be greater quantitatively. More disciples mean more good work done in the name of Jesus! Jesus has always been building an army that will do His work throughout the world. To see this all we need to do is a brief survey of world history.
What good have Jesus followers brought to this world? For a more exhaustive look read, “What if Jesus had never been born” by Dr. James Kennedy. Jesus legacy, through His followers, is truly without peer. Jesus never wrote a book, but the library of congress has over 17,000 books about Him. No one else even comes close. Jesus never ran for an influential office, but more people choose Him for their leader than anyone else on planet earth. Jesus was never an artist, but more art has been commissioned of Him than any other person who has ever lived. Jesus was never a counselor, but He has counseled more people than all the therapists, counselors, and doctors who have lived. Jesus was never educated by the experts of His day, but He has more students than any other teacher. Jesus, in just 3 years, changed the world forever and continues to do so through His disciples.
Jesus truly has, “brought good news to the poor, he has bound up the broken-hearted, proclaimed liberty to the captives, and opened the prisons of those who were bound” (Isaiah 61:1-4, Luke 4:16-22).
Have you ever looked at the difference Jesus made in History? Did you know that 1/3 of all the writings of the founding fathers of America contained Bible verses or Bible inferences? Discuss the influence of Jesus on our country.
Have you ever considered the origin of our education system, hospital system, or our charitable works? These would never have existed without Jesus. Discuss.
Have you ever considered the place in society we give our children, and women? Again, this is a direct influence of Jesus. Discuss.
As you look at the ancient world… Is today better or worse than it was 2000 years ago? What factors other than Jesus can you attribute the good to?