Subject:  FW: John 3:16


This is my favorite Bible verse.


Forwarded by Debra A Howington/GNS/SKF on 09/24/2001



Odd how tragedy makes people otherwise cold and  distant realize what some of us have known for quite a while!!!


In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, 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 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 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. For God  sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world  through him might be saved. 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.


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 and Savior.  He keeps  me functioning each and every day.  Without Him, I would be  nothing.  Without Him, I am nothing.  But with Him I can do all  things through Christ that strengthens me.  Phil 4:13


If you love God and are not ashamed of all  the marvelous things he has done for you, send this on. Take 60 seconds  & give this a shot!  Let's just see if Satan stops this  one.


All you do is - simply say a small prayer for  the person who sent you this, (Father, God bless this person in whatever  it is that You know he or she may be needing this day!) then send it on to  five other people.  Within hours five people have prayed for you, and  you caused a multitude of people to pray to God for other people.  Then  sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing  that you know He loves.