I recently received this in an email, and I thought it was so aptly put I would share it with you:
There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak.
“I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, ‘What do you have there, son?’
“Just some old birds,” came the reply.
“What are you going to do with them?” I asked.
“Take ’em home and have fun with ’em,” he answered. “I’m gonna tease ’em and pull out their feathers to make ’em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time.”
“But you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?”
“Oh, I got some cats,” said the little boy. “They like birds. I’ll take ’em to them.”
The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you want for those birds, son?”
“Huh?? !!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister. They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing. They ain’t even pretty!”
“How much?” the pastor asked again.
The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, “$10?”
The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:
One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. “Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ’em all!”
“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.
Satan replied, “Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I’m gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”
“And what will you do when you are done with them?” Jesus asked.
“Oh, I’ll kill ’em,” Satan glared proudly.
“How much do you want for them?” Jesus asked.
“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good. Why, you’ll take them and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don’t want those people!!”
“How much? He asked again.
Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your blood, tears and your life.”
Jesus said, “DONE!” Then He paid the price.
Whoever wrote this expounded the entire gospel in these few lines. I thought it well worth sharing. The theology is slightly skewed by the use of the name of Jesus at the time of the garden, but other than that, it’s pretty much what happened.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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Thank you, Rose Marie. Your comments always edify and encourage me, which is exactly what members of the body of Christ are supposed to do for one another.
Hi David, You Never cease to Amazing me.Thanks for sharing. I must say, this is one of your better Articles. I Really enjoyed it. So Sad but true. Most people have forgotten the real meaning of being a Humane Being and Sadly it has affected Our Children in a poor manner all the way around. As you know, I Had an awful car accident in 2007. Saying this, I Had many people try to destroy me when I was at the lowest point in my life. The Only one that stood by me was Jesus Christ. What I Mean by this, many people tried to hurt me when I was hurt and could not do much about it. I Had Everything taken from me and slowly God has Restored Me. I Really felt like those two little birds trapped in that cage, Only instead of a Pastor coming to my Rescue, God Himself did.Like I Tell many people….Let’s Just say God does not exist which He Does, Wouldn’t it be Better to live a life with Love and Hope in Your Heart, Than Hate? As I Said, Most people have forgotten the true Meaning of Love. I Will Chose Jesus, I Do Believe, doing So, You Will Never go Wrong. Thanks again and Have a Blessed, Beautiful Day !!