Pulpit Reflections by Stewart Lozensky Seventh Day Adventist It was another cold day in New York City, when a young boy walked up to the big Irish policeman, asking "Sir, where will I sleep tonight? Over there under those steps", the boy replied. "Don't you have a home?" the policeman asked. "No", the boy said sadly.
The policeman said: "Go down to the corner and turn right, then down three blocks and turn right again, in the middle of the street on the right hand side you will see a big house with two great big oak doors, go up to those doors and knock. Someone will come and ask, 'Who's there?' Now I don't want you to tell them your name. I want you to say John 3:16."
So down to the corner he went turning right. Three blocks more and right again. There in the middle of the street on the right hand side was those big oak doors. Up to the door the boy went, knocking on the door.
A few seconds later a voice came saying: "Who's there?" The boy said, "John, John, John 3:16." The door opened. There stood a well-dressed man, who said: "Follow me." He took the boy into a big room with a big warm fire in the fireplace. The man said, "Wait here." The boy stood warming himself, he said: "I don't know who or what this John 3:16 is, but it can sure make a cold boy warm."
The man came back in and said, "Follow me." He took the boy up to a big bathroom; there was a tub full of hot water. The boy said, "For me?" "Yes!" the man said. The boy tore off his clothes and did a swan dive into the tub. The man left again. The boy swimming in the tub said, "Boy this John 3:16 can sure make a dirty boy clean."
Soon a knock on the door, "Are you done?" "Yes," the boy replied. The man handed him some clean clothes. After dressing, the man again said: "Follow me." Leading him down to the dining room, there was a big table, and at one end lots of food. The boy jumped into the chair and began to eat and eat. When he just couldn't eat any more rubbing his stomach he said, "Boy oh boy, that John 3:16 can sure make a hungry boy full."
Once again the man came saying, "Follow me." Up the stair they went, down the hall to this door which the man opened. There was a big downy soft bed. "For me?" the boy yelled. "Yes!" The boy ran and jumped into the bed. As he was sinking down into the mattress the boy said, "That John 3:16, I still don't know who or what it is, but it still can give a tired boy rest."
For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
During this holiday season let us all remember the only true one that gives us warmth, the only true one that makes us clean, the only true one that cleans our ragged clothes, the only true one that gives up food
to eat, and the only true one that gives us a bed to sleep in is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.