Jesus Christ the Son of God in heaven did not come down to earth as a famous superstar, but as an ordinary-appearing man—the Son of Man. He humbled himself, coming down to our level to become like us—but without sin—and then going to the cross so that we who believe could become like him.
Isaiah 53:2 …He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
At times he even avoided the crowds mesmerized by his miracles. When asked to heal someone, shunning the limelight he would at times take the infirm person away from the crowds before healing him. He was quite different from your superstar preacher. If he were here today, it’s questionable he would want to appear on many Christian TV shows, on billboards, or on the cover of Christian magazines.
To assure his disciples that they could be just like him, he even said that those who believed on him would do the miraculous works that he did.
John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
In this way the Son of Man made himself entirely accessible to his fellow men. Not only could they do the works he did, they could do even greater works. They could also be holy like him through the indwelling Holy Spirit he would later send after his death, resurrection and ascension.
But when you go to an event to be taught by a superstar minister, you go with little expectation that you will be able to minister like he or she does. They are special and have abundant financial resources to stage huge events. Very few if any can attain to their status. While he is in town, the miracles happen. When he leaves town, all too often the miracles leave with him.
But this does not happen with our Lord Jesus who lives in us ordinary disciples. Everyday we can do the works that he did. He is with us until the end of the age.
Therefore if you are properly trained by an unknown disciple, you will certainly be able to do the works that he does after you are trained. You will even be able to do greater works as Jesus promised. (We have already seen this come to pass…click on Testimonies of trained disciples.) But few if any who sit at the feet of an awesome superstar will end up doing the works that he does. Very few are like him or has the resources he does.
[embeddoc url=”http://www.theelijahchallenge.org/content-directory/uploads/2000/08/Introduction-to-The-Elijah-Challenge-for-the-Web.pptx” viewer=”microsoft”]