~ A John 3:16 Love Story ~


In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night,
a blizzard was setting in.  A young boy was
selling newspapers on the corner; watching
as people went in and out of the cold.  He was
so cold that he wasn't trying very hard to sell
his papers.  Hesitantly, 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
sympathetically looked down at the young
lad and said, "You go down the street to that
big white house and you knock on the door.
When they come to 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 at her 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 shyly 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 ... I don't understand it, but it
sure makes a hungry boy full!

Soon the kind lady led him upstairs to a
bath tub filled with warm water, and he
sat there and soaked for a while.  As he
soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...
I don't understand it, but it sure makes a
dirty boy clean!  Why, I've not had a bath,
a real bath, in my whole life.  The only bath
I have ever had was when I stood in front of
the big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.

After his bath, the lady took him to a cozy
little room, tucked him into a big old feather
bed, pulled warm covers up around his neck,
kissed him goodnight and turned out the light.
As he lay there all snug in the warm bed, he
looked out the window at the cold and snowy
night and thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I
sure don't understand it, but it gave a tired
boy a warm place to sleep.

The next morning the lady invited the young
boy to sit down once again to a table that was
filled with lots of good food.  After he ate, she
took him back to the rocker in front of the
fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.  As
she sat down in a chair beside of him, she
looked into his young face and asked gently,
"Do you understand about John 3:16?"  He
replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't.  The first time
I ever heard it was last night when the nice
policeman told me to use it."  She opened the
Bible she was holding to John 3:16 and
began to read what it said and then
explained to the young boy that John 3:16
was the greatest love story ever told.  And
she told him that God wanted him to know
that He loved and cared about him very much.

Right there, in front of that big old fireplace,
the young boy embraced God's love for him
and surrendered his young life to Him.  He
said to the lady, "I'm not sure I understand
all about God's love, but it sure makes a
lonely orphan boy feel like he will always
belong to someone."

- author unknown -

"For God so loved the world (you and me), that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

"Love one another; as I have loved you."
John 13:34



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