Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas and John 3:16

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner,the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.

He walked up to a policeman and said,"Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boycould find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?

You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "Yougo down the street to that big white house and you knockon the door. When they come out the door you just sayJohn 3:16, and they will let you in."

So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,"John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."

She took him in and she sat him down in a split! bottomrocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:John 3:16 . I don't understand it, but it sure makes acold boy warm.

Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry ? "He said, "Well, just a little.. I haven't eaten in a couple ofdays, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,"

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eatany more. Then he thought to himself:John 3:16. Boy, I sure don't understand it but it suremakes a hungry boy full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for awhile. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boyclean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood infront of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned outthe lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out thewindow at the snow coming down on that cold night,he thought to himself: John 3:16...I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested.

The next morning the lady came back up and took himdown again to that same big table full of food. After heate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked upa big old Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face."Do you understand John 3:16 ?" she asked gently. Hereplied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it,"She opened The Bible to John 3:16 and began to explainto him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace,he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it suremakes a lost boy feel safe.

You know, I have to confess, I don't understand it either,how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and howJesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand theagony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intenselove for ME that kept Jesus on the cross tillthe end.I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living!

John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that He gave His onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shouldnot perish, but have everlasting life.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!
Doula Mama Pam
(I got this as an e-mail. I can't take credit for it.)

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