July 8, 2003 • By Ed Wrather
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. - 2 Thessalonians 3:18.
Jessica Parks received her high school diploma from a high school in Oakland County, Michigan. She had very good grades, received a varsity letter in cheerleading, and accomplished much more during her years of high school. Those are achievements that are typical of many young high achievers. However, the incredible thing about Jessica, is that she was born without arms. She does it all with her legs and toes; including, driving her car. She drives with one foot on the gas, and one on the steering wheel. She also puts her contact lenses into her eyes with her toes. Jessica Parks is incredible!!
Do you know what else is incredible? The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is incredible!! I like the way the Message translates 2 Thessalonians 3:18, “The INCREDIBLE grace of our Master, Jesus Christ, be with all of you!” 1 John 3:1 in the Amplified version gives us another usage of incredible: “See what an INCREDIBLE quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are!” When we realize that God has spoken to us, and we are in His presence, this too is incredible, “Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, ‘GOD is in this place - truly. And I didn't even know it!’” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “INCREDIBLE. Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House. This is the Gate of Heaven (Genesis 28:16-17).”
God’s grace, love, and presence are incredible!! But then, everything about God is incredible!! To be God, is to be able to be incredible!! In Acts 26, the apostle Paul asks King Agrippa and others present, “Why is it thought INCREDIBLE by any of you that God raises the dead (Acts 26:8)?” If God is God, would not He be able to raise the dead, and bring about any other miracle the human mind is able to conceive? Of course! But what is even more incredible is that God is “Holy (Revelation 4:8)”, “good (2 Thessalonians 1:11)”, “righteous (Revelation 16:5)”, and still even though we have “sinned” (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) He still “cares” for us (1 Peter 5:7)!
Our God is simply incredible!! Let us give Him all honor, glory, and praise.