John 3:16

In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A little boy was

selling newspapers on a corner where the people were going in and out of the cold outdoors.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers. He approached 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. 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 to the door, 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 old fireplace and she went off. He

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 at a table full of fantastic 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 with a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and

he sat there and soaked for a while. As he drank, 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 natural bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was

when I stood in front of that giant old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.” The lady came in

and got him, 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 following day she 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 she took a big old Bible and sat down in front of him and she looked up at him

and she asked, “Do you understand John 3:16?” He said, “No, Ma’am, I don’t. The first time I

heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it.” She opened the Bible to

John 3:16, and she 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. I don’t

understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.”

You know, I have to confess I don’t understand how God would be willing to send His

Son to die for me, and how would Jesus agree to do such a thing? I don’t understand it, but it

sure does make life worth living.

Author Unknown

John 3:16

16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in

him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him

might be saved.

18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,

because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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