“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Question:

In our New Thought movement, and in much of the current metaphysical dialogue, this verse is very frequently referenced as if Jesus was simply suggesting he was a Way Shower ... “I can do it, so you can do it.” The end of the verse is almost always cut off when so many today are referencing it. The end of the verse has a “becauseness” to it ... “Because I go to the Father.” Seems that Jesus is indicating there will be an opening established ... a sending of the Spirit of Truth, an anointing. I understand that it is all established “in the beginning (Bereshyth)” ... or always present ... that this opening always IS, but it seems the end of the verse is referring to the evolution of consciousness as a result of the demonstration in existence by Jesus of the pre-existent, timeless pattern of death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Your insight is appreciated. Thanks!

Comment:

As with so much of the Gospel of John, the full meaning of this powerful statement can only be realized when we know that Jesus is speaking, not as the human Jesus of Nazareth, but as Jesus Christ, the embodiment and expression of the Christ energy that is his true spiritual identity—and ours as well. The Christ of Jesus is calling forth the Christ in each of us. If we believe his teaching and demonstration, and affirm the Christ as our own true identity, then we will be able to accomplish what he accomplished. Indeed, we will do more, because he has opened the door, shown the way, and gone forward himself on the path to full Christ expression.

I, too, notice that many people tend to drop the final “because” clause, but it doesn't really bother me. The first part of the statement is absolute. If we believe in the Christ, we will express as the Christ. The latter part is kind of “How It Works”—interesting, important, but not required. If we keep our focus on making choices according to our awareness of, and expression of, the Christ Power within, we will experience the cycle of release, withdrawal, rebirth and expression—whether we understand it or not.

 

Blessings!

Rev. Ed

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