It's No Joke!

“One for you one for me….”
On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.” He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
“Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.” The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk?” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me …”
The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord.” Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.” They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the boy on the bike.
When my sister sent me this email joke, I must admit that I smiled. As I type these words, I am smiling as I picture the man running and boy riding the bike from the cemetery. Those who conduct human research say that for a joke to be funny, there must be some semblance of truth in the humor. The joke isn’t funny unless it reflects some bit of truth.
Sadly, it is true that when Jesus comes in all of his glory people are going to be divided (Matthew 25:31-46), and it will not be “one for one” (Matthew 7:13,14). The way that leads to destruction is well worn, and many folks that you know are walking this path. Do you see their faces? Sound the alarm and lead them to safety. Christian, are you up for the task?
“Trim your feeble lamp, my brother!
Some poor sailor, tempest tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In darkness may be lost.” P.P. Bliss


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