The Risen Jesus encourages us to be bold. At the Last Supper Jesus said to his confused and uncertain disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14,12-14)
The disciples that night were at a loss as Jesus said he was leaving and going to the Father. They saw themselves powerless without him.
Yet the Risen Christ empowered them to do the works he did. “By what power and by what name have you done this?” the leaders ask Peter and John after they cured the crippled man sitting at the gate of the temple. “It was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed,” they answer. (Acts 4,1-12)
The disciples who denied him and fled to hide behind locked doors suddenly were bold and fearless, not relying on themselves but on the power promised by Jesus.
Does his gift and promise stop with them, or can we also hope to do the works that he did?
Lord, give us a church that’s bold.