I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.”
There’s some scary stuff in the Bible.
I don’t mean verses about hell and damnation and all that jazz – those are disturbing when you first read them, but once you understand their context, they become decidedly less so.
No, the scary stuff I’m talking about looks something like this:
“I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father.”
That’s Jesus making that statement right there.
The guy who fed 9,000 men, as well as their wives and children, with a total of just 12 loaves of bread and about a half dozen fish – oh, and had leftovers for the next day.
The guy who, with a touch of his hand, healed people whose illnesses had left them homeless, unemployed, and without .
The guy who found out one of his friends was dead and said “Nah, I like him better alive,” and bam, dude comes strolling out of his tomb.
That Jesus. He said that if someone believed in him, they could do all those things, as well as even more impressive feats.
I, for one, have never done any of those things. And that’s scary, because it makes me wonder if I’m believing in Jesus hard enough.
Thankfully, I’ve found a way of defeating that fear. I don’t know if it’s what Jesus meant, but it’s the only way I know how to reconcile his words with reality.
I look at the Church.
I look at the Church, and I see the millions of meals provided to the hungry by thousands of food pantries and soup kitchens run in Jesus’ name.
I look at the Church, and I see all of the ministries dedicated to welcoming the “undesirables” of the world and helping them reintegrate into society.
I look at the Church, and I see all of the lives saved by people of faith across the globe.
I look at the Church, and I think maybe we’re performing greater deeds than Jesus did after all.
What have you seen the church do?