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 boy could 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, "you go down the
street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they
come out the door you just say John 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 bottom rocker
in front of a great big 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 a cold 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 of days, 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
eat any more. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16...Boy, I sure don't
understand it but it sure makes 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 a while. As he soaked, he thought
to himself: John 3:16... I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty
boy clean. 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 in front of that big 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 out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window 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 him down again to that
same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same
big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big Bible.
She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. "Do you understand
John 3:16?" she asked gently. He replied, "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 explain to 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 sure makes 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 how Jesus would agree to
do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every
angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't
understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the
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 only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.
Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before
my Father." Pass this on only if you mean it.
I do Love God. He is my source of existence. He keeps me
functioning each and every day. Phil 4:13