Doing the Work of Jesus:
Doing the work of Jesus – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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”. John 14:12
It is always wonderful when one reads through the four human accounts of the earthly walk of Jesus Christ usually referred to as the “Gospels”. Inspired by the Holy Ghost (II Timothy3:16). We are able to grasp as humanly possible; what the son of God did on the streets of men! (John2:11). He worked, talked and demonstrated the power of God to humanity in a way that no one had ever done.
He healed the sick (Mathew 8:16-17)
“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils. And he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet. Saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses”.
Healing the sick was a norm in Jesus’ days on earth.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people”.
Doing the Work Of Jesus – His Ministry Summed UP:
We could see his ministry summed up in three things; He taught, preached and healed the sick.
The same account is rendered in Mathew 4:23. It is a sad occurrence today to see some part of the church refuse to acknowledge that healing the sick is part and parcel of the gospel.
He cast out devils (demons) (Mathew 8:16)
Jesus did not need deliverance, he preached it! Christians do not need deliverance (Colossians 1:13; Colossians 2:15, John 8:36, Galatians 5:1).
Colossians 1:13 ‘Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”.
Looking at his life, he sure knew that he had complete dominion over Satan.
He even raised the dead.
The dead are usually considered a closed case. Jarius’ daughter’s case was typical of this (Mark 5:35-43). Not Jesus! He is master over death. Lazarus’ tomb recognized the voice of the master, such that he had to specify whom he wanted raised or else the grave could have given up more (John 11:1-44).
He calmed the storm!!!
Natural forces usually referred to as “Acts of God” listened to the Real act of God. He didn’t pray about the storm, which was for Elijah to do, he spoke to it! No one talked like him (Mark 4:37-41).
Works of Jesus, history?
Were these works written for us to flip through and praise God? Or preach about them? Or rather be able to tell others what Jesus did? No, a million times NO! Jesus of Nazareth sure lived 331/2 years but Jesus, our Christ, is still alive today in the body of Christ, glory to God. Such that he is not limited to any place but can be demonstrated anywhere and everywhere.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.
STRONGHOLDS AGAINST THE WORKS OF JESUS (II CORINTHIANS 10:4)
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”.
Strongholds are thought patterns informed either by our experience or by teachings we have received. This often wages war against truths taught with scriptures.
Mark 7:13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition”.
It was because Jesus was God
How? You mean as God, He was born and He grew?
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and increased in wisdom and stature….” (Luke2:40&52)
Jesus Did His Works As A Man:
No, you mean God had to be anointed? No.
Luke 4:18 “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he hath anointed me….”
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him”.
You mean as God he was hungry, thirsty, slept, tired? You mean as God was tempted?
James 1:13-14 “….for God cannot be tempted with evil neither tempt he any man:”
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched by the feeling of our infirmities; but was at all points tempted like as we are yet without sin”.
He worked miracles because he was anointed and he was anointed by the Holy spirit because he was a man.
Philippians 2:6 “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant. He was made in the likeness of men. Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself. And, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”.
The truth is God became a man, called Jesus, who has since his incarnation become a MAN and has remained so.
Was Jesus referring to the twelve?
Ah! Did that include Paul, Stephen, Phillip, Silas, Judas, Barnabas, Ananias and Agabus? No!
1 Corinthians 12:5-7 “And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal”.
1 Corinthians 12:28 “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues”.
Jesus said “….he that believes in Me” i.e. a believer which includes you! John 14:12.
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”
The great commission and its signs were for the twelve (12) or eleven (11)!!! Well he asked them to preach Mark 16:15 and the signs will follow i.e. accompany those who believe the gospel which includes you.
The era of miracles has passed
Really? The era of miracles is the era of power, the power of God. May be in the world after this. But really Hebrews 13:8 “JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY (the four gospels), TODAY (2014) and FOREVER MORE…” till the end. Hence those words “Lo I am with you forever” – Mathew 28:20
Well I got you sir but how many days do I fast for this power or get anointed for it?
We Need The Anointing Of God:
None! It’s like fasting for oil reserves in the Niger-Delta of Nigeria. You might die doing it. Yet the oil will remain untapped. Simply locate the oil, it’s been there ever. Get down to hearing the preached word and reading the written word. You will find out
- Power has clothed you.
Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the promise of my father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”.
- Power has come upon you
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…”
- Power is at work towards you
Ephesians 1:19 “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to-usward who believe”.
- You have been called into power
2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power…hath called us to glory and virtue (power)”.
- Power works in you now.
- Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
Doing The Work Of Jesus In The Church:
The church is to carry on what Jesus did! The scriptures even talk of the greater works, glory to God! Could we do greater works than Jesus? Yeah! We are already doing these. We were entrusted with that message (THE GOSPEL) – 1 Timothy 1:11, Romans 1:16, Mathew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-18.
THE GREATEST MESSAGE OF ALL
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”.
Even Jesus did not preach that message, he is the message! As we go on in life, we must live with a sense of responsibility to do, preach and demonstrate a living. Healing and miracle working Jesus to the unbelieving world. This is how to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1, John 5:19)
John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do. For what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.
Living in his name (John 14:12-13) and demonstrating Christianity to the world.
Imagine Christianity without miracles Imagine:
That’s religion! Pure and simple. Anyone who criticizes the working of miracles needs to examine himself whether he’s still in the faith. See (II Corinthians 13:5). The book of Acts of the church (Apostles) shows a church that knew the name of Jesus. It goes far above good speech and rhetorics with high sounding philosophical arguments. And so called success motivation and sand-filled words. We are talking about the gospel! Men without education can preach and demonstrate it. Young people sure can and even the learned. It is all about God’s power being preached to the world.
Mark16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye….And these signs shall follow….., they shall cast out devils…take up serpents…they shall lay hands on the sick”.
What a command! This shows us the proofs of a Christian. Are you a Christian? Any works? If no, repent and start pleasing God by doing the works of our lord.
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.