Do you want to be more like Jesus? If so, then you must do what He did. One of the things we most often miss as we study the Gospels is that our Savior’s disciples called Him Rabbi, and with that title came the assumption that they would not only follow Him but attempt to do everything He did. In ancient Jewish culture, disciples (who were typically teenagers) wanted to be a clone of their teacher, almost to an extreme. If he was left-handed, they would try to write left-handed. If he put his feet on a particular path, they would literally seek out his footsteps and walk the same route. Rabbis encouraged this behavior and believed that disciples not only can, but should, do things the same way they did. This is why Jesus sent His disciples out to mimic His ministry. They did miracles because He did miracles. Even before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus told his zealous students to cast out demons, heal, preach, and proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven. In essence, they were satellite versions of Him, and everywhere they went, they did amazing things in His Name. Don’t you think the same should be true of us today?
Friend, you are a disciple of Jesus and that means you have His authority! Not only do you have the privilege of studying His Word, you can walk in His way and do the things He did. You have power in the Name of your Savior, and He wants to use you to bring miracles and wonders to the lost world around you. Step out in faith, pray boldly, lay hands on the hurting, expect Him to show up, and watch as He does more than you can ask for or even imagine!