Unscalable heights, numbing cold, insufficient oxygen in the atmosphere, severe blizzards, deadly avalanches—throughout the ages Mount Everest had stood unconquered. Yet, in May of 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay made it to the 29,028-foot summit. If one of a species accomplishes something, others of the same species can believe it's possible for them as well. Thus Mount Everest has been climbed many times since then.
Pole-vaulting more than fifteen feet, high-jumping over seven feet, running a mile under four minutes also were physical limits once deemed unbreakable. Yet all have been exceeded and now even high school athletes are approaching them.
Let's shift this idea to the accomplishments of Jesus, a spiritual pioneer whose words and deeds of love have changed the landscape of human consciousness and forged new standards of behavior. If we can understand and accept the fact that Jesus was "one of us"—truly one of our species, human as well as divine—then it's possible to believe that we can replicate his accomplishments as he, himself, said we could. And why shouldn't we be able to accomplish what Jesus accomplished? He was fully human, born of flesh and blood in the normal manner like everyone else. Being fully human, he experienced the entire gamut of human reactions and emotions as we all do: when he was cut, he bled; when he was hurt, he cried; when he was happy, he smiled and laughed. The fact that his life was an extraordinary demonstration of lofty spiritual ideals need not imply an extraordinary birth or conception. Rather we can attribute it to his extraordinary realization of his oneness with God. It was through this realization that the powers Jesus demonstrated were made available to him.
Yet we have exactly the same relationship with God that Jesus had, and so we have the very same powers available to us. The only difference between Jesus and us is that he knew the fullness of his divine nature, and we are still in the process of discovering ours.