John 3:16 ” I Don’t Understand it “

“A young boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold but because he was so cold he  huddled up and didn’t 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 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,”John3:16.”

 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

John3:16… Boy, I sure don’t understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full

She then took him upstairs to a bathroom to a shiny bathtub filled with warm water,and he sat there and soaked for a while.  As he soaked, he thought to himself: John3:16 …

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…

John3:16 … 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 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 John3:16 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 and so started his walk to find the better way as he trusts and obeys.

He sat there and thought: John3:16 I don’t understand it, but it sure makes this lost boy feel safe and contented. 

When we have The Love of God  in our heart we can understand how God was willing to send His Son to die for us and why Jesus would agree to do such a thing. We may never fully  understand the agony of the Father and the Angels in Heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die…

 But we know it was because of His intense Love for You and Me and all Mankind  that kept Jesus on the Cross till the end…  

 It sure does make life worth living!

 Author Unknown

 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 everlasting life.

Our Heavenly Father, is our source of our existence. He keeps us functioning each and every day and as we seek His way we have His Victory, He does not cause us to suffer or willingly let harm come our way but He does Discipline us by letting us seek our own will and so we suffer for going  our own way. Philippians 4:13 

 We show by our Godly words and actions that we Love God and others even our enemies…

 James 2:15-17  Suppose a Brother or a Sister  in the Lord is without clothes and daily food.  If we say  to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but we do nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Galatians 6:9-11  Let us not become tired of doing good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as God gives us the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.


About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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40 Responses to John 3:16 ” I Don’t Understand it “

  1. Reblogged this on Musings along life's journey and commented:
    The message on this post nicely compliments the thoughts I’ve been sharing in my past blogs, so I am reblog-ing it now! Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I also thank you for posting this story here; I’d also like to post it on my blog because the things I’ve been sharing fall right in with this message!

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  3. levelland2014 says:

    Wonderful what a warm felt story about our Heavenly Father. God is always willing to help us in our time of need and we should always be the same in helping others. With what Jesus did for us on the cross how could we not.

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    • Thank you Brerwin for visiting and sharing both above and below, yes I too love these, Heart touching Stories and I have received many over the years by e-mail and in books I have read.

      You are very wise in your focus Brerwin as shown in your responses below……

      “God is always willing to help us in our time of need and we should always be the same in helping others. With what Jesus did for us on the cross how could we not.”

      And also…… “With what Jesus did for us on the cross how could we not give freely to others.”

      We cannot of course judge them to be less than us either, our Sin also put Jesus on the Cross, this does not mean we accept the evil they do just as we don’t accept it in ourselves but we are to Love and Help them if needed like God does for us and yes even before we Repent and accept the free Gift of Salvation in Jesus and are Perfected in Love but of course until we have Heart Repentance we don’t have close fellowship with Him, our Sin separates us.

      Christian Love Brerwin and God’s Blessings,
      Anne ( Grannie Annie)


  4. levelland2014 says:

    Wonderful, what a great truth about our Heavenly Father. He is always there in a time of need and we should be also. With what Jesus did for us on the cross how could we not give freely to others.

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  5. Simple Truth towers high above us; He draws us in many different ways but the path leads to the same place- bowed in joy before the Holy Throne. Thank you

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  6. What a great story! Thanks for sharing it.


    • Thanks Tricia for visiting and sharing, yes I enjoyed this Story too, I have received some other ones by e-mail which have also greatly blessed me, I wish I could personally Thank the Authors but since I can’t I just Thank God for the gifts He gave them to share.

      I noticed you have posted again, I will visit tomorrow, it’s past bed time in Aussie Land.

      Christian Love – Anne.


  7. cjjustice1 says:

    Many years ago I read that story, and I am so glad to see it here…. such a wonderful one, and so true. God’s love and grace are beyond comprehension, but they are factual! Thanks for sharing. ❤ Carolyn


    • Yes they are reality Carolyn, of that we never have to doubt, as you said they are based on fact, we have Faith so we know it’s True.

      It’s great to see you also share God’s Truth Carolyn, I miss you when your not Blogging and I’m Thankful when you are, both for your Posting and with your comments, they are always uplifting and encouraging and so are your responses when others comment.

      Thanks for visiting Carolyn it’s very much appreciated, Christian Love – Anne


  8. Rocky says:

    Reblogged this on Rocky's Meditations.


    • Thanks again Rocky for your kindness in Reblogging.

      Blessings – Anne


      • Rocky says:

        Your very welcome. 🙂 I heard this story in a recorded sermon and then was blessed to hear it again at my church, so I thought it must be written online somewhere, then I found it on your wordpress blog and figured “might as well re-blog it since it’s been blogged already and it has nice pictures to go along with it too”,

        God bless 🙂


        • As I shared Rocky in my comment on your Blog, it has been viewed many times and I have also sent this story by e-mail to encourage others. I enjoy adding pictures and animations and sometimes music, I feel they add life.

          I’m still filing but hope to visit again soon, I usually wait for Blog replies, this means I can see how my comments are accepted, no point continuing if their not because we all need like Jesus to feel wanted not just ignored.

          Blessings to you too Rocky, God never stops blessing us, even if we don’t always reconise He is – Anne


  9. Freedomborn says:

    I personally don’t think it matters Karla who tells the story, it is God’s Truth and He puts it into each of His redeemda Children’s hearts so they can share His light. I received this Story 3 years ago by e-mail, how wonderful that someone wanted to share His Truth with others …freely we have received freely we give.

    Christian Love Anne


  10. Karla R Roberts says:

    I would’ve rather heard the lady (In the white dress) tell the story….


    • Karla do you have a problem, you seem to want to hurt me, you have posted this comment twice now but it was not needed so I did not approve it the second time, I got your unkind message the first time and seeking to hurt me only hurts you, besides as I shared with you before, I personally don’t think it matters Karla who tells the story, it is God’s Truth and He puts it into each of His Redeemed Children’s hearts so they can share His Light. I received this Story 3 years ago by e-mail, how wonderful that someone wanted to share His Truth with others …freely we have received freely we give.

      Christian Love – Anne


  11. The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword. Hebrews 4:12.


  12. This post touched my heart. If only all Christians lived John 3:16! I seen the true meaning of that verse in all the prayers that went up for Wendy. Christians are supposed to HELP one another. WE are a “family” or brothers and sisters in the Lord, yet so few actually LIVE it. Great post Anne! I am truly humbled by it. God bless!


    • Freedomborn says:

      You also humble me Bob with you Love for others, I know the suffering and hardship you have endured and most was not your fault and yet instead of becoming bitter like a lot do you Love and seek to help others. God has indeed used what you went through for good, not that He caused you to suffer, as you know He can do no evil, He is Love but through your Love He touches others and shows them His Love.

      Thank you Bob and I look forward to sharing with Wendy again too when she is better.

      Christian Love Anne.


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  15. This is an absolutely beautiful post – So glad God brought me to your blog this morning, because this is exactly what I needed to focus on today. Thank you!


  16. Lady Deidre says:

    Wonderful story, Annie. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Lady D, thank you, I also have pleasure reading your posts or looking at your amazing photography, except the spiders of course, I’m so glad our Blogs touched, spiders and all, you are a very special Lady and one I Love in the Lord. In the short time I have been Blogging and I’m still not doing it right, I have met other beautiful people like you and there will be more …. how blessed I am.

      I brought a spider trap but just can’t use it, they seem like family now they have been around so long, thanks for not photographing the Scorpions.

      Love your friend Anne.


  17. Beautiful Story! Every day in every way we should live out John 3:16. If we do, when the time comes to share, John 3:16 has already been illustrated in our lives, attitudes, and behavior. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


    • Freedomborn says:

      Very True sugarbellekids what is in our hearts will motivate our actions and words and speak volumes to others, as we choose to walk in Love The Holy Spirit empowers us to do so and we then reflect Christ Jesus within us.

      Thank you for your words of wisdom – Christian Love Anne.


  18. zzzisle says:

    i like this story


    • Freedomborn says:

      Thank you zzzisle it touches my heart also, sometimes its the basics that have an impact more then the elaborate … I loved how she kissed him as she tucked him into bed, a total stranger … God’s Love sees no distinction, we are all one in Christ Jesus. The stranger we hold out our hand to today my one day be our Brother or Sister in The Lord and a close and Loving friend.

      Christian Love Anne.


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  20. Ron says:

    good story of how we can find a new life in Christ when someone ,like that policeman is prepared to witness for Him. We need to take every opportunity to share our faith, there may be spiritually starving people about !!


    • Freedomborn says:

      Very True Ron Spiritual food is very important and so are those who are physically starving and God asks us to meet their needs especially the needs of those in the family of God, we are in Unity in Christ Jesus, what happens to one affects the whole body.

      Thank you for sharing it is of great value – Christian Love Anne


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