It never ceases to amaze me how words written a hundred years ago can be so timely for us today! Oswald Chambers died in 1917, at the age of forty-three, yet his words ring true in 2015!
Here is an excerpt from his Devotional Bible:
Jesus is not in the sitting by the tomb; He is not in the bitter tears; He is not in the sad communings. The place where we will find Jesus is just where common sense says it is impossible to find Him. It was no use for the disciples to imagine they were going to have a recurrence of those three years; it was impossible to recall the thrilling yesterdays; it was impossible for the two on the way to Emmaus to have a return of the fellowship they yearned for; but there was something infinitely better for them. “For He is risen, as He said.” Impossibility had wedded itself to what Jesus had said. The proclamation of the impossible springs from the supernatural, not from common sense. The supernatural figures largely all through the life of our Lord. At His birth the angels proclaimed that He should be called Jesus “for He will save His people from their sins.” We shall not think of our Lord as a savior if we look at Him in the light of our own minds, because no natural man imagines he needs to be saved. Do we make room in our faith for the impossible along the line of the supernatural? Or have we reduced our religion to such common sense platitudes that there is no need for Jesus to have lived at all?
It’s deep, but it’s worth reading several times to get it! Beyond Common Sense–this was one of the devotionals that prompted the new name. Can we really live this way? Can we expect God to do the impossible? Jesus reminds his disciples in John 14:12 that their works would exceed His works in greatness: Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.
And Matthew Henry has this to say about the passage. Again, it may be deep, but it’s worth the digging.!
That they should do greater works than these. In the kingdom of nature they should work greater miracles. No miracle is little, but some to our apprehension seem greater than others. Christ had healed with the hem of his garment, but Peter with his shadow (Acts 5:15), Paul by the handkerchief that had touched him, Acts 19:12. Christ wrought miracles for two or three years in one country, but his followers wrought miracles in his name for many ages in divers countries. You shall do greater works, if there be occasion, for the glory of God. Theprayer of faith, if at any time it had been necessary, would have removed mountains. [2.] In the kingdom of grace. They should obtain greater victories by the gospel than had been obtained while Christ was upon earth. The truth is, the captivating of so great a part of the world to Christ, under such outward disadvantages, was the miracle of all. I think this refers especially to the gift of tongues;this was the immediate effect of the pouring out of the Spirit, which was a constant miracle upon the mind, in which words are framed, and which was made to serve so glorious an intention as that of spreading the gospel to all nations in their own language. This was a greater sign to them that believed not (1 Co. 14:22), and more powerful for their conviction, than any other miracle whatever.
Show this world the impossible: a life totally committed to Jesus Christ! You will shine brightly in this dark, sin-cursed world which seems to deny its Maker more and more every year! And remember: God is just as faithful in 2015 as He was in the 1600s and 1900s!