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
of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to
papers. He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you
to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight
You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the
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
street to that big, white house and you knock on the door. When they
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
He sat there for a while, and thought to himself "John 3:16. I
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
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
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
only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire
as they flushed it out."
The lady came in and got him, and took him to a room and tucked him
big old feather bed and pulled the covers up around his neck and
goodnight and turned out the lights. As he laid in the darkness and
out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night he thought
himself, "John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a
The next morning she came back up and took him down again to that
table full of food. After he ate she took him back to that same big
split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and she took a big old
and sat down in front of him and she looked up at and she asked,
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
Jesus. Right there in front of that big old fireplace he gave his
life to Jesus. He sat there and thought, "John 3:16. I don't
but it but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe."
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God
willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to
a thing. I don't understand it either, but it sure does make life
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but
world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not
but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not
in The Name of The Only Begotten Son of God. John 3:17-18
In His Love and Service,
Bill Dorman (John 13:34-35)