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  The Prince and the Beggars



Soon it would be night, and a beggar sat by the fire to warm himself. A fellow beggar joined him.

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the second beggar began. "I was sitting by the gate as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, 'What will you give to the King?'

"This made me angry. 'You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,' I said. 'I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. I have nothing to give to the King.'

"Then he said to me, 'Then I can give you nothing.' Then he turned and left. I was glad to see him leave."

Just then, a third beggar joined them.

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the third beggar began. "I was sitting by the road as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, 'What will you give to the King?'

"This made me afraid. 'You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,' I said. 'I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. However, you are the Prince, so I will give you what I have.' So I gave him the smallest coin I had. I was surprised when he gave me a small gold coin in return.

"Then he said to me, 'If you had given more then I would have given more.' Then he turned and left. I was sad to see him go because I could not offer him the rest of my coins."

They then asked the first beggar, "And what about you?"

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the first beggar began. "I was sitting in the market as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, 'What will you give to the King?'

"I fell down on my knees. 'You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,' I said. 'I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. Please take me into your service and I will do whatever you ask of me.'

"Then he said to me, 'Wait then. I will send the carriage back to take you to the castle. Do not take anything with you because I will provide everything you need.' Then he turned and left. I have been eagerly waiting ever since."

Just then, the Prince's carriage stopped in front of the three beggars. The coachman motioned to the first beggar, and he went to the carriage, leaving his few possessions by the fire for the two remaining beggars. From that day on, the first beggar became the doorkeeper for the King. He ate in the King's court and no one entered the King's presence without the first beggar's permission.

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" Matthew 16:25.

— Author Unknown


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 Re: The Prince and the Beggars

Life Line

After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and before he gave his sermon for the evening, briefly introduced a guest minister who was in the service that evening.

In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister was one of his dearest childhood friends and that he wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service. With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak.

"A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the pacific coast," he began, "when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to the shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright and the three were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized."

The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story. The aged minister continued with his story, "grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life: To which boy he would throw the other end of the life line. He only had seconds to make the decision. The father knew that his son was a Christian and he also knew that his son's friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves."

"As the father yelled out, ‘I love you, son!’ he threw out the life line to his son's friend. By the time the father had pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered."

By this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew, anxiously waiting for the next words to come out of the old minister's mouth. "The father," he continued, "knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus and he could not bear the thought of his son's friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the son's friend."

"How great is the love of God that he should do the same for us. Our Heavenly Father sacrificed his only begotten son that we could be saved. I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take a hold of the life line he is throwing out to you in this service."

With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room. The pastor again walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon with an invitation at the end. However, no one responded to the appeal.

Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man's side. "That was a nice story," politely stated one of the boys, "but I don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his only son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a christian."

"Well, you've got a point there," the old man replied, glancing down at his worn bible.

A big smile broadened his narrow face, he once again looked up at the boys and said, "it sure isn't very realistic, is it? But I'm standing here today to tell you that story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for God to give up his son for me. You see, I was that father and your pastor is my son's friend."

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