A man was on the side of the road with a large birdcage. A boy noticed it was full of birds of many kinds.
"Where did you get those birds?" the boy asked.
"Oh, from all over the world. I lure them with crumbs, pretend I'm their friend, then when they are close, I net them and shove them into my cage." the man replied
"And what will you do with them now?" asked the boy.
The man grinned. "I'm going to prod them with sticks, and get them really mad so they fight and kill each other. Those that survive, I will kill. None will escape."
The boy looked steadily into the cruel, hard eyes of the man. Then he looked at the birds, defenseless, without hope.
"Can I buy those birds?" the boy asked.
The man hid his smile, aware that he could be on to a good thing if he played his cards right. "Well..." he said. "The cage is pretty expensive, and I spent a lot of time collecting these birds. But, I'll tell you what I'll do, I will let you have the lot, birds, cage and all for ten pounds and that jacket you're wearing."
The boy paused, ten pounds was all he had, and the jacket was new and very special, in fact, it was his most prized possession. Slowly, he took out the ten pounds and handed it over, then even more slowly he took off his jacket, gave it one last look then handed that over too.
And then, he opened the door and let the birds go free.
The People Cage
The Enemy of the world, Satan, was on the side of Life's Road with a very large cage.
The Man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full of people of every kind, young and old, from every race and every nation.
"Where did you get these people?" the Man asked.
"Oh, from all over the world" Satan replied. "I lure them with drink, drugs, lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money and all manner of things. I pretend I'm their friend, out to give them a good time, then when I've hooked them, into the cage they go."
"And will you going to do with them now?" asked the Man.
Satan grinned. "I'm going to prod them, provoke them, get them to hate and destroy each other: I'll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law and order; I'll make them bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and restless. It's easy. People will always listen to what I offer them and what's even better, blame God for the outcome!"
"And then what?" the Man asked.
"Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy. None will escape me." replied Satan.
The Man stepped forward. "Can I buy these people from you?" he asked.
Satan snarled, "Yes, but it will cost you your life."
So Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release, your freedom from Satan's trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary.
The door is open, and anyone whom Satan has deceived and caged, can be set free.
For with God nothing shall be impossible - Luke 1:37