Born In A Manger ~ Anchored In Him - Christmas 2002
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
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
out the door you just say John
3:16, and they will let you
So he did. He walked up the steps and
knocked on the door, and a lady
He looked up and said,
"John 3:16." The lady
said, "Come on in, son."
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
makes a cold boy warm.
Later she came back and asked
him "Are you hungry?"
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."
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
more. Then he thought to
himself: John 3:16 . . . Boy, I sure
understand it but it sure makes
a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a
bathroom to a huge bathtub filled
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
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
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
and turned out the lights. As
he lay in the darkness and looked
window at the snow coming down
on that cold night, he thought to
John 3:16 . . . I don't understand
it, but it sure makes a tired boy
The next morning the lady came
back up and took him down again to
big table full of food.
he ate, she took him back to that
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.
replied, "No, Ma'am, I
don't. The first time I ever
heard it was last night when the
told me to use it."
opened the Bible to John 3:16 and
began to explain
to him about Jesus.
there, in front of that big old
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
willing to send His Son to die
for me, and how Jesus would agree
to do such
I don't understand the
agony of the Father and every
heaven as they watched Jesus
suffer and die.
I don't understand
love for ME that kept Jesus on
the cross till the end.
it, but it sure does make life
worth living. John
For God so loved the
world, that He gave His only
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have
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Away In A Manger
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