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Friday, January 8, 2010

John 3:16

John 3:16 It's the one most commonly known biblical scripture; if not in the world, at least in the United States. Even I could quote it and I had hardly been to church more than a couple of times before Jimmy and I started dating.

I wonder though sometimes, is it one of those scriptures we simply throw out without thinking too much about it. Now... don't take offense. As Sunday school teachers, lay leaders, pastors, pastors wives, or simply one who has been raised in church...we can quote us some scripture and you know it. That's good...that's what we are supposed to do...know it, use it, apply it...share it.

I mean, seriously, when was the last time you read, quoted, or used this scripture, this John 3:16 and really thought about just exactly what it means to you. Just exactly how it affected your life? How it STILL impacts your life and those around you?

I'd like to share a little story I recently read with you and pray you take a moment and LOVE Him back... May 2010 be the year of unconditional love for us all!

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 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 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 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 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 old 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 everlasting life.


  1. What a great story. Thanks for sharing it. We cannot begin to understand the love of God for us, His creation, but I'm grateful and blessed coming in and going out because He does!

  2. That was lovely Devoted, made me all warm ready for bed! You always make me see the whloe religion thing differently - thanks! xx

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by our blog! It was good to hear from you again...I've missed your comments.
    Glad to see you're doing well....
    May God continue to bless you in 2010!


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