Jeff knew that this was going to be the last Halloween he would be able to dress up for before he was ‘too old’ to go Trick-or-treating. Just for fun, he and his friends decided to dress up in what they called “kiddie costumes”, not the cool movie and video game costumes that were the current fad, but the silly ones parents pick for their small children.
As he finished putting on his costume, he took the time to check it in the mirror before heading out to meet his friends. The image looking back at him made him smile. The round body with its triangular eyes, nose, and mouth; the orange paint covering his face and hands; the combination sure looked like the baby get-up he was trying for. With a chuckle he picked up his bag and headed for Joe’s house.
Once everyone met up, the group started their route. As they always had, they made their way down Mr. Smith’s street, knowing this area always gave out full sized candy bars.
With their bags already straining with the weight of their loot, they turned left and headed down the cul-de-sac. When they reached the house at the turn around and rang the doorbell, they found themselves face-to-face with someone they did not recognize. They overcame their initial shock and chorused their “Trick or Treat”. The lady smiled, reached into the bowl she was holding, and placed a piece of paper in each of their bags.
“You boys have a good night” she called after them.
As they got back up the road, Jeff broke the silence. “What in the heck did she give us? It looked like a piece of paper!”
One of the other boys stopped under the streetlight and dug into his bag. Pulling the paper out of the bag, he twisted his body, finding the best light to look at it. “It is a stinkin’ church pamphlet, that’s what it is! Listen to the name, ‘Why Jesus Died for You,’ what a load of crap.” With a laugh, he threw the pamphlet to the ground and headed on to their next destination.
When their adventure was over, Jeff returned home, went to his room and dumped his bag onto the bed. He took his time sorting the candy into piles of his favorite, so-so, and those he refused to eat. As he finished making the piles, he picked up the tract again. Looking at the cover, he read the title, ‘Why Jesus Died for You.’ He flipped it open and began to read.
Why Did Jesus Die for You?
Almost everyone has heard that Jesus died at Calvary for them, but do you really know why he did? By dying for us, He took on our sins and allowed us to receive God’s grace. As the Bible tells us, Jesus was the one “who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Galatians 1:4, KJV). Take a look at the world around you or just watch the news, and you will see what evils abound in this world. What do you need to do to receive this protection from evil? Turn yourself over to Jesus, ask him into your life, and accept him as your Lord and Savior. You will receive his love and the eternal life only He can provide.
As he finished reading the tract, Jeff thought about his fifth-grade classmates who were just expelled from school for being involved in gang activities and the shootings he heard about on the news. Maybe there was something to this pamphlet, he thought.
That was the last thought he gave to the tract that night. He finished his routine and went to bed. He spent the night tossing and turning, seeing the words of Galatians over and over again intertwined with images of crime he was familiar with.
When he woke up, he got dressed, ate breakfast, and told his Mom he was going out to play for a while. Heading to the cul-de-sac, his heart was beating and he felt his palms sweating. He was nervous, unsure of what to he was going to say, but when he reached the house from last night, rang the bell, and the door opened, he knew exactly what to say:
“Ma’am, could you tell me more about Jesus?”
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