JESUS' MIGHTY WORKS
Imagine yourself healing the sick, raising the dead,
cleansing the lepers, or casting out demons! Jesus Christ said
that you can do these things and more. Based on what? - on faith,
on believing in Him. If you can believe, you too can do the
mighty works that Jesus did. He Himself has promised you
John 14:12, KJV 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 6:28-29, KJV
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the
works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work
of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
- This is a
plain-language promise from Jesus Himself: if you believe on Him,
you can do the works that He did. In a moment we will look at
some of Jesus' mighty works and then see examples of mere
mortal human beings like you and me doing these very same works.
Why? How could they? How could we? Because of our faith in Jesus
and His unfailing promises.
Mark 16:17-18 And
these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they
will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will
pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly
poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands
on sick people, and they will get well.
- Again, as in
John 14:12, doing the "works of God" is linked to
believing in Jesus. Too many in the Church today have relegated
signs, wonders, healing, and miracles to the early Church only.
But Jesus never put a time limit on the powerful results of faith
I invite you now to
join me in an inspiring look at some of the supernatural signs,
wonders, healing's, and miracles that Jesus did. Then we will
look at illustrations of believers who have done mighty works of
the same sort. How? By believing in Jesus. Remember -
- This quote is
from Mark's account of the Great Commission, which certainly
applies to the entire Church Age. Likewise, believers throughout
the entire Church Age can expect to experience the supernatural
signs that Jesus promised to believers - including healing's
and the casting out of demons.
Supernatural Words of Knowledge -
- John 14:12, KJV
...He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do
- Mark 16:17 And
these signs will accompany those who believe...
John 4:7, 16-19 ...a Samaritan woman came to draw water... 
He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
"I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her,
"You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact
is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not
your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a
Can we Christian
believers expect to minister in supernatural ways like this? Yes!
Jesus promised so.
- All indications
are that Jesus had never met the woman. Yet by a supernatural
"word of knowledge" (1 Corinthians 12:8) He perceived
that she had had five husbands and was now living in sin with
another man who was not her husband. Jesus voiced this
revelation, and it pierced the woman's heart, prompted her to
testify of Jesus back in town, and ended up bringing revival to
that area (vss. 28-42).
This was a
supernatural word of knowledge from God, ministered by a young
man who did not know these facts naturally but simply had faith
in the Lord to be used. You too can be used in similar ways, if
you believe the Lord.
- I recall a
remarkably similar incident that occurred during a church service
in some years back. During a pause in the worship service, a
brother came to the microphone and said, "I believe that
someone who is here today needs to get saved." Well, I must
admit that I groaned inwardly, because among the 1,000 or so
people in attendance, surely there were those needing to be
saved. So I dismissed the brother's word as just the good
intentions of his heart, but not a word from the Lord. However,
he was not done speaking. He continued by saying, "...and
you know who you are, because you drank two beers before coming
to church this morning." Well, immediately a man near the
front of the church raised his hand, signifying that he was that
man. He went out and prayed with a couple of the church's
elders and was wonderfully saved.
* Supernatural Healing -
Matthew 12:9-10a, 13 Going on from that place, he went into their
synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.... 
Then [Jesus] said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."
So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as
sound as the other.
Do you believe in
Jesus? Do you believe these promises of His concerning believers
being used supernaturally?
- "Completely restored"! - imagine the stir that this
created. Imagine the stir a dramatic public healing like this
would create today. Can it happen? Is it possible that you could
be used to heal the sick? Yes!
- Remember, Jesus
promised in John 14:12, KJV ...He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also... and in Mark 16:17 And these signs
[healing was mentioned] will accompany those who
A Supernatural Revelation -
- And don't
do yourself the disservice of saying, "Well, those
healing's were limited to the great apostles in bible
days." Not at all! Remember that God healed Saul of
Tarsus' blindness by the ministry of a man named Ananias, who
is described in the bible simply as "a disciple" (Acts
9:10, 17) and "a devout man" (Acts 22:12, KJV). Not an
apostle, not a pastor or elder, simply a devout, God-believing
disciple. If that describes you, then you too can be used
powerfully by God.
John 21:18-19a "I tell you the truth, when you were younger
you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are
old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress
you and lead you where you do not want to go." Jesus said
this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify
Discerning of Demon Spirits -
- This was
knowable to Jesus in advance only by supernatural revelation. He
accurately foretold aspects of Peter's later martyrdom many
years before the actual event. This too is a realm of ministry
available (with carefulness and Godly wisdom) to sincere
Matthew 17:15-18 "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said.
"He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls
into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples,
but they could not heal him." ...  Jesus rebuked the
demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that
"And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my
name they will drive out demons." And as needed, believers
will be given the supernatural ability to discern those demons -
1 Corinthians 12:10, KJV ...to another discerning of
uncontrollable body movements. Today this would be automatically
diagnosed as epilepsy or some similar medical condition. Jesus,
however, perceived the cause in this case as a demon. He cast out
the demon, and the boy was healed instantly. Remember, Jesus said
that believers can do the same mighty works!
Jesus Walked on Water -
like this abound, where men and women of simple and sincere faith
take Jesus at His word - He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also... (John 14:12, KJV).
Matthew 14:25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out
to them, walking on the lake.
miraculous walk on the waters of the Sea of Galilee is recorded
also in Mark's and John's Gospels. Certainly this is not
given as an example of "everyday" miracles we should
expect. However, we do wrong to rule out occasional miracles of
this magnitude in the lives of Christian believers.
Peter walked on the
same water Jesus walked on! How did he do that? He simply
believed Jesus' word to Him: "Come!" and Peter
obeyed. The result? He walked on the water. Remember Jesus'
promise: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me, the works that I do shall he do also..." (John 14:12,
KJV). Peter believed, he obeyed, and he walked on the water. Let
me add two comments:
- Let's read
a few verses further, in Matthew 14:28-29 - "Lord, if
it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you
on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got
down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward
1) The succeeding verses show Peter's courage soon failing in
the face of the winds and the waves. Then he began to sink before
Jesus rescued him. Do not let Peter's lapse of faith obscure
the reality that, prior to his letting fear take over, Peter had
walked on the water in a faithful response to Jesus' word
2) Do not confuse faith with presumption. Peter responded in
faith to a word from Jesus to "come" to Jesus on the
water. If Jesus had not so summoned Peter, then Peter would have
been acting presumptuously in stepping out of the boat, and he
would almost certainly have immediately sunk. Be sure that you
are responding in faith to Jesus, not acting in self-willed
* Jesus Raised the Dead -
Luke 7:14-15 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those
carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you,
get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus
gave him back to his mother. (See others raising's of the
dead by Jesus in John 11:43-44 and Mark 5:35-42.)
Perhaps no more dramatic miracle can occur than the raising of a
dead person to life. Jesus did this three times during His
ministry on earth. But here too, be careful not to relegate
miracles of this stature only to Jesus. Remember again that Jesus
said believers would do the powerful works that He was doing, and
"even greater" (John 14:12).
Our Lord Jesus
Christ, while on earth, amazed the onlookers by the mighty works
which He did. A small sampling of them included:
- These words of
Jesus must have been welling up in Peter's heart (Acts
9:36-41) when he said to the dead woman , "Tabitha, get
up!" And the dead woman opened her eyes and sat up (vs.
- The apostle
Paul, another Christian with unshakable faith in Jesus, raised to
life the young man Eutychus, who "fell to the ground from
the third story and was picked up dead" (Acts 20:9-10). How
was this possible? Again, unwavering faith in Jesus, who said,
"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do
also; and greater works than these shall he do" (John 14:12,
All these mighty
works - "and greater" - can be done by the believing,
faith-filled Christian Church that now serves Him on this earth.
To this faithful band of believers Jesus has said -
- Healing the
- Raising the
- Cleansing the
- Casting our
- Walking on
- And much, much
Jesus has indeed
returned to God the Father in heaven. And now His believing
Church on earth is entitled to continue to minister the Gospel
and to see the Word confirmed with the same mighty signs and
wonders that Jesus Himself did. Accept Jesus at His word; believe
Him; believe in Him. And expect to see a dramatic outpouring of
His power on this earth, as His faithful followers believe Him to
loose His power in and through our ministries.
- John 14:12, KJV
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.