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                                                  John 3:16

    In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in.  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, of a night. 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, 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.  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 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 awhile. 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 old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.   The lady came in and got him, and took him to a room and >   tucked him into a big old feather bed and pulled the covers  up around his neck and kissed him goodnight and turned out  the lights.  As he laid 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 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 and she asked, Do you  understand John 3:16?  He said, 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 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 it either,    how God would be willing to send His Son
to die for me, and  how Jesus would agree to do such a thing.  I don't understand it  either, 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.

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