(Lk. 6:40) Can we be above our teachers or not?

CLAIM: Here, Jesus said, “A pupil is not above his teacher” (Lk. 6:40). However, elsewhere, Jesus told the disciples: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (Jn. 14:12). Are we able to do greater works than Jesus or not?

RESPONSE: These two teachings of Jesus were given at different times in his life and ministry. His words in John 14 refer to the future ministry of his disciples through the Body of Christ—not his current ministry in AD 33. While Jesus was just one man, his disciples through the Body of Christ were able to achieve more miracles in the last 2,000 years than he was able to accomplish in his three year ministry.