TOO OLD FOR HELP?
A 110-year old Israeli shepherd was admitted to a Beersheba hospital while experiencing a heart attack. Despite his age, doctors worked hard to save him.
The man was thought to be the oldest heart patient to be treated successfully with anti-clotting drugs. A hospital spokesperson reported that the shepherd returned to his tent in the Negev Desert to tend to his goats.
CONDEMNED TO DIE
The care given to this 110-year-old man faintly echoes how Jesus responded to those people we consider "beyond help."
His ability and willingness to go beyond social barriers to help lepers and social outcasts went far beyond the normal expectations of what a reasonable person would do.
Even in the agony of His suffering, Jesus reached out to a dying man everyone else regarded as "beyond help." The man was a criminal, condemned to die only hours from entering a lost eternity.
JESUS' LOVE REACHES OUT
At that moment, Jesus responded to the man's cry for help and said, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise."
Do you know someone who seems beyond help today?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Perhaps you think you are without hope. The God of the Bible specializes in giving help to those regarded as so old, so guilty, or so weak as to be beyond help.
PONDER THESE SIMPLE WORDS
Jesus seeks the lowly ones
When others do not care;
His loving kindness and His help
He longs with them to share.
TODAY: No one is beyond help from Jesus. His strength is best seen in our weakness.
Song: FOR THOSE TEARS I DIED
Sung By: Judy