Summary: This sermon speaks to the senior citizens in your congregation.


John 21:18

[18] Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."

In this congregation most of us are over 60 years of age.

Some would say that’s a disadvantage

because the future for this church doesn’t look so good.

That’s true.

However, I think we do have an advantage over some churches!

Senior citizens possess an earthly knowledge

that the younger people have yet to learn.

Nevertheless, as we grow older we encounter some disadvantages.

In our Bible passage today, Jesus speaks of those disadvantages.

Our bodies grow weaker.

We don’t move as fast as we used to.

Sometimes we have to rely on others to take care of us.

I have a little story for you today that illustrates that fact.

Matilda was a 95 year old widow living in a nursing home.

She had been a faithful Christian for many years.

She had been a loving faithful wife to her husband.

She had been a good mother to her 3 children.

Now her husband was dead and her 3 children lived far away.

Unable to take good care of herself

she had moved into the nursing home.

Living now in a nursing home,

Maltilda missed going to church every Sunday

like she had always done before.

One day, Matilda received a visit

from one of her fellow church members.

The visitor asked, 'How are you feeling Matilda?'

'Oh,' said Matilda, 'I'm just worried sick!'

'What are you worried about, dear?' her friend asked.

'You look like you're in good health.

They are taking good care of you, aren't they?'

Matilda replied, 'Yes, they are taking very good care of me.'

'Are you in any pain?' asked the visitor.

'No, I have never had a pain in my life.'

More of Matilda’s story a little later.


The elderly should never be ashamed of growing old.

Some people do get overly concerned with growing old.

Not long ago, I was talking to a girl on the basketball team

before the start of the game..

She asked me if I wanted to take a shot from the sidelines.

I told her I was too old for anything like that.

She replied, “You can’t be that old.”

So I asked her, “How old do you think I am?”

She said, “Oh, I’d guess you’re 50 years old.”

I told her I’m 70 years old,

She replied, Well, you sure don’t look that old!”

Some people try to hide how old they are.

My wife Pat was never afraid to tell people how old she was

and neither am I.

Some elderly people color their hair to hide the gray.

My wife Pat didn’t do that and neither do I.

Proverbs 20:29 says, The glory of young men is their strength,

and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

Normally, the elderly person cannot do as much physically

as the younger person.

Just as Jesus says in John 21:18 “you walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands,

When you are old, you don’t go places like you used to.

Sometimes we need a cane to get around.

Jesus says, ‘another will gird you.’

We had no trouble getting dressed when we were young,

but in old age sometimes we need help putting clothes on.

Jesus says, ‘another will carry you where you do not wish’.

Sometimes we end up in a wheelchair

depending on someone to push us around.

Some elderly people lose the ability to drive a car.

I often hear old elderly people

who had their car keys taken away from them by their children.

Then we have to depend on someone else to take us places.

The young are able to come and go without any help,

but when one becomes advanced in years,

it becomes harder and harder to do the things

that only a short time ago seemed so simple.

No matter how hard some people try to avoid it,

eventually age catches up with us.

We lose the ability to do the things we used to do.


Titus 2:2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

The spiritual elderly men have a way

that they ought to conduct themselves in this life.

The Bible says we older men should be “sober”.

Now, that’s not about getting drunk on alcoholic drinks.

Sober in that verse means “clear-headed, not foolish”.

We should be “reverent” which means

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