John 14.12 – “The one who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I go to the Father.”
What is the power which Jesus promised He was going to leave us, and where shall we find it?
I have come to the conclusion that the greatest of all the lost arts is the great art of living as Jesus practiced it; living it in such a way that trouble fell like scales from the eyes of all those about Him who were in need.
Where do we find how to live like Jesus?
If this art is love, where shall we go to find it? Where does one go when he has lost something?
Naturally he goes to the place where it was last seen, and makes that the starting point for his search.
Within Jesus’ own life lay concealed the secret of doing these mighty works. Go back down the pathway of history to where Jesus stood before He sent the Christ Idea whirling down the ages.
Jesus’ attitude toward life was one of converting everything He saw and touched into parables. Jesus was one above all others who never let His lips say what His mind and heart did not authorize. If Jesus talked in parables, He taught in parables; if He thought in parables, He felt in parables.
If all this implied in Jesus’ parabolic view of life, it behooves us to consider carefully just what manner of thing this mystery is that we call a parable – this thing that is so filled with moral and spiritual dynamite.
A parable first deals with Reality.
A parable translates Reality into terms of the imagination. Jesus looked at Reality through the lens of the divine imagination.
To look at life imaginatively, then, to see everything about us as a great parable full of deep inner meanings – meanings of love, joy, wholeness, symmetry, and perfection – is to see life truthfully, that is to say, spiritually.
The imagination is of all qualities in humans the most godlike – that which associates them most closely with God.
The first mention we read of humans in the Bible is where they are spoken as an “image.” The only place where an image can be conceived is in the imagination. The source and center of all humanity’s creative power – the power that above all others lifts us above the level of brute creation, and that gives us dominion over all the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the animals that move and creep on the earth – is his power of making images, or the power of the imagination.
The imagination of humankind is but the window or door which, when thrown open, lets the divine life stream into our lives.
Looked at from this angle, the performing of a miracle is not such an impossible task. It consists merely of looking at Reality through the lens of the imagination, and then letting this parable, or imaginative way of looking at Reality, to bring to pass that thing which is spoken as a miracle.