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John 3:16

~~*God is so Wonderful!*~~
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 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 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 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 
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.

"Neither doctrinal purity nor diligent labor will ever be a substitute for passionate devotion to God."

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