“Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”
~Luke 5:26, NET
There is not an adjective in the English language which fully describes the person and worth of Jesus but incredible will do for now.
The above text out of Luke is in reference to Jesus healing the paraplegic, the man who was lowered through the ceiling by his friends. Jesus healed him with the spoken word and the paraplegic got up and walked home. I used this verse today because the NET uses my favorite adjective ‘incredible.’ Most of us have a pet adjective. I don’t know if any of you remember Bud Wilkerson who coached Oklahoma in football from 1947-1963 and then became a broadcaster, but I remember him well. Bud was the color man on college football and his pet adjective was ‘tremendous.’ Bud would us this same adjective a dozen times in one paragraph. Example: “It is a tremendous day for football and we have two tremendous teams both lead by tremendous coaches and I believe we are going to see a tremendous game.” You think I’m kidding, but Bud over worked his pet adjective. We all know that Keith Blackwood’s favorite adjective is ‘unbelievable’ and I like it but mine just happens to be incredible.
Yesterday I was reading the gospel of Mark where Jesus called the four fisherman. James and John worked with their father: they had a sizable business because they had multiple boats and hired hands. Jesus walks up and says, “Follow Me and I will teach you how to fish for men.” The bible says, they immediately left their father, boats, nets, hire hands, their lively hood and followed Jesus. Jesus didn’t have a red cent and did not offer them a dime, yet they left a lucrative business and followed Him. I think this is incredible. Matter of fact, Mark chapter one is filled with incredible things that Jesus did and said: He stunned those who heard Him teach; He told demons to shut-up and they hushed; and He heals Peter’s mother-in-law and a leper with the touch of a hand. The crowds are spell bound, stunned, amazed and curious. Word spreads rapidly of Jesus exploits, so much so that Jesus could not go into town but the people sought Him and find Him. The Jewish religious scholars didn’t know who Jesus was but the demons did: hey, I think the entire chapter is incredible. The word of God is incredible; Jesus is incredible and the seeking crowds are incredible.
In closing I want you to note three adjectives in today verse: “Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.” The word astonished means to be captivated mentally, to be so seized by the moment that you can’t think about anything else. Awe which is vital to worship is a result of astonishment. Put them both together and you have incredible.
I don’t like to quote myself but there are no quotes, that I can find, on Jesus being incredible: but He is and more so I created my own. Mother always said, “It is a poor dog that cannot wag his own tail.”
I enjoyed lunch yesterday with Dr. Chuck Kelly and his wife. Joe David seized the moment and asks some very pertinent questions and I got to listen to some fascinating answers. The only thing I can say is we need to pray for the SBC. These are trying days for the convention and so far, I haven’t talked to anyone who has a lot of hope in the near future. I know one thing: I will not support Russel Moore.
The PRO-LIFE AD that Fox refused to air during the not so super bowl.