A boy with a rusty birdcage walked by a preacher. “What are you going to do with that bird?” asked the preacher.

“Oh, I’m just going to poke sticks at it, shake the cage, throw water on it . . . fun things like that.”

“What are you going to do after that?”

“I don’t know; probably just feed it to the cats.”

“How much do you want for it?” asked the preacher.

“Aw, you don’t want it; it’s just an old field bird. It doesn’t sing or nothin’.”

“How much?”

The boy thought awhile, and then said, “Two dollars.” The preacher paid it. The boy grinned, and pocketed his money. Then he watched to see what the preacher would do with the bird. The preacher just opened the cage and turned it loose. The boy walked away, shaking his head over the craziness of some people.

The minister had something else in mind. Sin has “caged” each one of us and Satan has mankind in his grasp. Jesus asks, “What are you going to do with them?”

“I’m just going to have fun with them. I’m going to tease them. I’m going to bring heartache and pain into their lives.”

“And after that?”

“Well, when I get tired, I will take them to eternal destruction.”

“I will buy them,” says Jesus.

“You couldn’t possibly want them! They will despise You, use Your name in vain and reject You. Then they will kill You.”

“I will give my life.”

Jesus paid the price, and set us free (Ephesians 1:7). Won’t you accept His offer on His terms? —Roger Campbell, Cleveland, Tennessee

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