Like a Marine, Jesus…

John 11:7 (NKJV) Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

Bishop Jamie Barfield, pastor of the great Palmetto Church in Myrtle Beach, pulling from the tragic events of “9/11”, shared in his September 11, 2016 message the story of Benjamin Clark, one of the many heroes of that fateful day back in September 2001.

After helping to save the lives of several hundred people, Mr. Clark was only steps away from safety himself when he heard the cry of a wheelchair-bound lady. He turned and went back to save her. Unfortunately that last trip cost him his life.

His mother, commenting on her son’s death, later said, “My son was a Marine, so you know he wasn’t going to leave anyone behind.” the-shepherd-saving-the-sheep

Having a son myself who spent six years in the Marines and who is now an Army Chaplain in active service, that story touched my heart.

However, it also reminded me of my Savior who is never afraid to “go there again.”

Jesus never gives up; his mercy is ever-lasting and his grace is all-sufficient.

A true Christian does not want to sin nor delights in sinning. However, like that wheel-bound lady who could not save herself, we are all broken, we all have our private struggles (and some not so private), and we are helpless to save ourselves. I am so thankful that Jesus will go back once again to the point of our greatest need. I am so thankful that Jesus will leave no one behind.

  • The ONE THING for today: As long as you are willing to cry out for help, Jesus is willing to come to save you. 

John 10:28-30 (NKJV)

28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”



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