I Don’t Understand

This is an email I received early today and it gave me a whole new look at the Scripture verse John 3:16. Most of us know this verse by heart, but this story (I am not sure if it is true or not) will make you cry!


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 its 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 sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace and she went off. The boy sat there 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 in front of a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn’t eat anymore. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16….I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a hungry boy full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom with 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 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.

Then 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 rest.

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 split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. “Do you understand John 3:16?” she asked gently. “No ma’am, I don’t. 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 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.

I could stop with the story and just close, but there is more to that email, whoever wrote it had a passion for the Gospel and came up with a way to spread it like wildfire! Please continue reading and follow the directions at the end.

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 for me till the end. I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a 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 eternal life.”

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. He keeps me functioning each and every day. 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 and give this a shot! Let’s see if Satan can stop this one!

All you do is:

1. 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, in Jesus Name Amen!”

2. Then send it on to ten other people. Within hours ten 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 you life for doing the thing that you know He loves!

I sent this on and I encourage you to send this on! I give you permission to copy this post into your email for the purpose of sending the power of God on to others. I can’t wait to see this take off!


1 thought on “I Don’t Understand”

  1. It did make me want to cry and as I was reading it i realized that opportunities to share the gospel present themselves every day. The police officer could have just turned the boy away but instead he sent the boy to a place that he could be fed, washed, warmed and get some rest. Not only that the boy got to hear about the great and wonderful works of our Savior! I hate the thought of people, especially children, having to spend their nights in a box in some cold dark ally, alone and not knowing where their next meal will come from or if it will come at all. I continually pray that people will reach out to them and encourage others to do the same.

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