Hey everyone! I have a beautiful and touching story here that I want to share with all of you. Why don't you take your time to read through it and think about it yourself? Well, just read it to the end, even if you think that it may be irrelevant to you. Enjoy!
There was once a pastor of a church living in a small town. One Easter Sunday morning, he came to the church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it in front of everyone else in the church. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the pastor began to speak, "I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming towards me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the boy and asked,
"'What do you have there, little boy?'
"'Just some old birds,' came the reply.
"'What are you going to do with them?' I asked.
"'Take them home and have fun with them,' he answered. 'I'm going to tease them and pull out their feathers to make them fight. I'm going to have real fun watching them fight and hurt each other. I'm going to have a real good time for myself!'
"'But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?'
"'Oh, I have some cats,' said the little boy. 'They like birds. I'll take these birds to my cats and feed them with these birds. My cats will really enjoy a good meal after I'm done with these birds.'
"For a moment, I remained silent in front of that little boy. Then, I said to him, 'Tell you what, boy. Let me buy those birds from you.'
"'Huh?! Why, you won't want these birds, sir. They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing and they aren't even pretty!'
"'I'll buy them from you.' I repeated firmly.
"The boy thought that I was crazy, but he reluctantly said to me, 'Alright, as you wish.'
"I then reached into my pocket and took out a hundred dollar note. I then placed it in the boy's hands and in a flash, the boy was gone.
"After that, I picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the pathway where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, I opened its door and by softly tapping the bars I persuaded the birds out, setting them free.
"Well, that explains the empty bird cage that you now see in front of you. Now, let me tell you this story.
"One day, Jesus and Satan were having a conversation together. Satan had just come from roaming around the world, and he was gloating and boasting. 'Yes, sir! I just caught the world full of people down there. I set traps for them and used baits I knew they couldn't resist! And now I've got them all! Haha!'
"'What are you going to do with them?' Jesus asked.
"Satan replied, 'Oh, I'm going to have fun! I'm going to teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink, smoke and curse! I'm going to get them to learn how to be promiscuous and drunk all the time. I'm going to teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really going to have lots and lots of fun!'
"'And what will you do when you are done with them?' Jesus asked.
"'Oh, I'll kill them and get rid of them, since they'll be of no use to me anymore,' Satan glared proudly.
"'Tell you what. Let me buy them from you.' Jesus said.
"'Oh, you won't want those people. They won't do you any good. What use will they be to you? Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You won't want those people, I tell you!'
"'Let me buy them from you with my blood and life!' Jesus said again.
"Satan looked at Jesus and laughed, 'Very well, as you wish.'
"Jesus said, 'DONE!!!' And He then paid the price."
The pastor then picked up the cage, opened the door and walked away from the congregation.
So think about the story that you've just read. What do you think?
All I can say is this...Jesus loves you and He died for you on the cross. No doubt, we humans are sinners and none of us are perfect. But remember, He cares for all of us, He cares for YOU and He died for YOU so that by His death, you can gain eternal life. Believe in Jesus, accept him into your life and follow Him, and eternal life is promised for you...
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO APOSTLE JOHN 3: 16 - 17
Just know and remember this:
Lord Jesus loves YOU!!!