Bringing the Kingdom Part 2
Most assuredly, 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 My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:12-14
Jesus said, “Greater works will you do when I leave than I have done.” He said that because He’s expecting us to take the Gospel into the world.
He’s expecting us to live out the Gospel. The Gospel is the Good News, the Good News. It is not hellfire and brimstone. The Gospel does not say, “I’m going to scare you to death.” The Gospel is not the Judgmental News. It is the Good News. If we’re going to bring the Good News – the Gospel – to the world, we have to do what Jesus did.
And what did Jesus do? He fed five thousand people. And He not only fed them, He fed them until they were satisfied. He fed them so well that there was more food left over than He started with. You see? Jesus says, “Where I am, there is abundance.” Where He is, there is enough and more left over. That’s Good News! And that’s what Jesus expects us to bring to the world.
Now, do we do that very well? No! But that’s in our own selfishness. That’s because of sin. I think when sin came into the world the potential for famine came with it. But sin not only causes hunger issues, it perpetuates them.
Remember when Joseph was interpreting dreams? He told the Pharaoh, “There’s going to be a famine, because food production is going to come to a halt. There’s going be dry areas. There’s going be times of no fruit. So you better store up.” We see that in the Old Testament all the time. Famine takes place when things die. We often find famine in parts of the world where there are dead things. We find it where there is no life.
Poverty exacerbates the problem into unimaginable suffering. The Pharaoh listened to Joseph. He stored up against the famine, and the people survived. Corrupt governments today don’t plan for famine. They don’t store up. And it’s the poor that pay the price with their lives.
There has to be a redemptive love that comes to those people. That is our job as Ambassadors of Christ. We are to bring the Good News. Our job is to bring the Kingdom to earth. And we’re supposed do what Jesus did: bring it with abundance. More on that next time. See you Friday.