The Greater Works of Christ

Lazarus had been dead four days when Jesus commanded that the stone which sealed his tomb be taken away. Martha, aware of what condition Lazarus’ body would be in, said, Lord, by this time he stinketh.John 11:39. She was correct. In fact, his organs would have been decomposing, his body bloated, and bloody foam leaking from his mouth and nose due to internal pressure caused by bacteria breaking down cells and tissues. Yet, in spite of all this, Jesus stood at Lazarus’ tomb and spoke three words which ushered in one of the greatest miracles ever seen upon earth. A body which had been decaying and decomposing for four days, instantly was reconstituted, and Lazarus was raised from the dead.

The evening before his crucifixion, Jesus gave an astounding promise. He said, 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. In fact, the early believers did do the works that Jesus had done. Great miracles and healings were manifested, not only by the apostles, but by many of those who believed upon Jesus Christ. Demons were cast out, blind eyes were opened, the lame walked, and all manner of diseases were healed. Even the dead were raised.

These miracles were not exclusive to the early church. In the early twentieth century, many astounding miracles were seen during the half century which followed the outpouring of God’s Spirit in that period. Yet, in all the history of the church, there has never been a physical miracle recorded which exceeded the magnitude of the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead. Some men have made great claims, but Jesus did not need to make any claims at all. The man who had been decomposing in a tomb for the past four days was now standing perfectly whole.

Jesus’ promise was not only He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, but he also said,and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. I have heard many muse about the greater miracles we are going to perform above what Jesus did. They say, We are not just going to heal the lame, we are going to cause arms and legs to grow where there are none. Such things are at best mere supposition, but usually just foolish boasting. Can God do it? Absolutely! But even then, would it be a greater physical miracle than calling a decomposing body back to life?

Lazarus’ resurrection was a temporal miracle. Perhaps it was decades later, but Lazarus’ body died again. Jesus gave us a basis for comparing temporal, or physical miracles, with eternal things. He said, And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Matthew 18:9. Can you see his message that the salvation of a person’s soul is greater than the loss or restoration of their natural sight?

Every great work Jesus did upon earth was a witness of the greater work he came to accomplish. He came as the Lamb of God to take away our sin. I John 3:5. It is actually this greater work that almost all the church staggers at in unbelief. To tell someone the blood of Christ will take sin out of your heart, mind, and nature is considered to be beyond the realm of possibility, even for God. We believe Jesus can raise the dead, heal the lame, open blind eyes, but we recoil at the truth that he actually takes sin out of our heart.

Jesus’ promise to those who believe him is,
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. He explains this when he later says, But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. John 16:5-6. Jesus’ path to go to the Father was through the cross. It was there he would destroy sin and Satan, and thereby bring deliverance and salvation for all who would come to Him. This was His greater work!

God gave a promise to Christ through Isaiah, saying, I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.Isaiah 42:6-7. The true mission of Christ was to open the eyes of the spiritually blind and bring them out of the prison of sin. He accomplished this for all upon the cross and committed the ministry of this greater work to the church.

As ambassadors for Christ we are sent into the world in Christ’s stead.II Corinthians 5:20. The greater works we are given to do is to preach the gospel and minister its saving power to everyone who believes it. Romans 1:16. When you see a person delivered from the power and presence of sin, you are seeing the mgreater works of Christ manifest.

Some may be offended when I call signs and miracles the lesser works of Christ, but it is true. Yet, these lesser works are still beyond the ability of any man. These are only done by the working of the Holy Ghost through the people of God. The situation I see in the church today is that, as a whole, we deny the greater works (deliverance and freedom from sin), and we lack the lesser works (the manifestation of true miracles). We end up with a so-called salvation which makes no one free and miracles that often are only wishful thinking. Without the outpouring of God’s Spirit, you will not see the miraculous “lesser works, and without the preaching of “the truth which shall make you free” John 8:32, you will never see the greater works. O how we need both to be manifested in the earth today!



Elijah was one of the Bible’s most amazing characters, a man who walked in such close intimacy with God that he could demonstrate God’s power to others and experience it in his own life. He courageously did battle with the forces of those who challenged God’s authority and silenced those who questioned the power of His God.

But he was also a person like you and me, someone who sometimes struggled with his emotions, had his doubts and asked questions about his calling. In spite of all that, God used Him in powerful ways.

Christian posts Morning Devotions

Psalm 62:11

One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: Power belongs to You, God.

  • Remember, God is all-powerful and sovereign over all things.
  • You can trust the Lord because He has the power to help you.
  • All the strength you need is found in Him.
  • All the power and all the love you need, is found in Him.

Billy Sigudla

Make Room for Change

Jesus was not of a noble family or even a great city. Isaiah 53:2 calls Jesus a root out of dry ground, not needing the perfect circumstances to move in your life. You may be facing adversity or had a bad upbringing, but it does not have to determine the outcome of your life. God is not moved by the unfavorable conditions we struggle with; He can do the miraculous even in the driest places.

Isaiah 53:2-3; John 1:46

  1. God doesn’t play fair. He needs nothing outside of Himself to thrive. If you put Jesus into your dry, barren, and fruitless life, He will still grow; the soil of your life does not contribute anything. 
  2. Adverse conditions do not have to determine the outcome of your life.Plant God’s Word in your life and it will start growing, despite what you have been through. You can plant Jesus in any adverse circumstances, and he will still grow. 
  3. When you plant Jesus into your life, bad things pour out. Like dropping a cinderblock into a bucket of water, when you plant Jesus into your life, sin, addiction, and anything else that does not belong leaves.

It is no secret what God can do. God does not need the perfect circumstances in your life to do the miraculous. If you plant Jesus in your life or situation, He will grow, despite any adverse circumstances. And, as he does, you will be transformed. Will you plant Jesus into your life today? Will you plant him in what you are going through?

Billy Sigudla


Fair-Weather Faith
As Jesus said I AM he,they all drew back and fell to the ground!

John 18:6

You would think Judas would have used this as an opportunity to repent. With just three words from Jesus, the crowd that came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane fell backward. Judas was seeing the power of God once again.

But Judas continued with his plan, blindsided by greed—and perhaps by his disappointment with Jesus. Jesus wasn’t the kind of Messiah that Judas was looking for. He was kind of hoping that Jesus would overthrow Rome and establish His own kingdom.

Yet things didn’t work out as he had hoped because Jesus revealed that His kingdom was not of this world. Judas ignored all the warnings, and Matthew’s Gospel tells us that he walked up to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.

Like Judas, there are people today who follow God yet are not interested in how they can serve Him but in how God can serve them. They will turn to the Lord in times of crisis, maybe when their marriage is falling apart or they’ve lost a job or they find themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol.

God, who is so gracious and merciful, hears their cry and rescues them. But all too often, people abandon God after He has delivered them—after He has put their marriage back on track, after He has led them to get a job, after He has freed them from their addiction. In effect, they’re saying, Thanks, God! Until the next crisis! But in doing this, they’re actually missing out.

That’s because the real blessing of coming to faith is not just being rescued from a crisis. That is one of the fringe benefits, but the real blessing is knowing God and bringing Him glory. Yet so many people miss this. They want only what they can get from God, and when they’ve gotten it, they abandon Him. The greatest blessing of all is walking with God and knowing Him.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
ISAIAH 40:31
Most of us are pretty good at staying busy. We focus on the millions of things that need to get done, and forget that our strength comes from God until we find ourselves dragging. We begin to feel edgy and start to lose patience. Everything starts to feel like work, even time with family or things we usually enjoy. God tells us to cast our cares to Him, but we tend to carry all of our burdens ourselves, which causes us to become weary and discouraged. Sometimes we just have to rest in the Lord’s strength.

We aren’t supposed to do things using sheer willpower. Sooner or later, we will just lose steam. Tonight, I have lost steam. The tears are on the brink of falling, and I just want to curl up under my blankets. Things feel too overwhelming and complicated. I am clearly doing things in my own strength and need to place my concerns at the foot of the cross. When you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, look up. God is still holding tight. He won’t let you come crashing down. He is your Father, and He loves you dearly.

Here are 4 comforting verses for those times when you feel weak and weary:

1. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

2. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

3. A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. Psalm 121:1-8

4. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37

God Wants Your Weakness
I am not brave. I recently heard someone differentiate between bravery and courage, saying that bravery is the ability to take on difficult situations without fear, while courage is taking on difficult situations even when you’re afraid


Refusing to Listen

Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears … They made their hearts as hard as stone … Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called. Zechariah 7:11-13 NLT

God warned His people that they were making mistakes and would experience the consequences of their choices unless they changed. But they refused to listen. Their hearts became as hard as stone.

Then, as God had warned, they experienced problems, the fruit of their choices. They had forgotten His warnings, though, and still expected Him to rescue them.

God wanted them to understand that when they rejected Him and refused to obey His Word, they had to experience the consequences of their choices.

This can happen to us as well. The Bible reminds us that we have choices every day. God loves us and wants to bless us and answer our prayers, but He also wants us to realize that we are responsible for our choices. We will reap what we sow. If we refuse to listen to Him, we will inevitably experience consequences.

This does not have to be the end of the matter. God gives us opportunities to repent, confess our mistakes, ask for forgiveness, change, and put His Word into practice. As He promised if we return to Him, He will return to us (Zechariah 1:3).

Surrender your life anew to God. Make Jesus your Lord. If you have made mistakes, be honest with God. Confess your sins. The Bible promises He will be faithful to forgive and cleanse you (1 John 1:9). He will give you a fresh start – over and over again if you ask Him to.