A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection,
from Picasso to Raphael.
They would often sit together and admire
the great works of art..
When the Vietnam-conflict broke out,
the son went to war.
He was very courageous and died in battle
while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply
for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas,
There was a knock at the door.
A young man stood at the door with a large package
in his hands..
He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me,
but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life.
He saved many lives that day and
he was carrying me to safety
when a bullet struck him in the heart
and he died instantly..
He often talked about you, and your love for art.
‘The young man held out this package.
‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist,
but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’
The father opened the package.
It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man.
He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured
the personality of his son in the painting.
The father was so drawn to the eyes that
his own eyes welled up with tears.
He thanked the young man
and offered to pay him for the picture..
‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me.
It’s a gift.’
The father hung the portrait over his mantle.
Every time visitors came to his home
he took them to see the portrait of his son
before he showed them any of the other
great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later.
There was to be a great auction of his paintings.
Many influential people gathered,
excited over seeing the great paintings and having
an opportunity to purchase one
for their collection.
platform sat the painting of the son.
The auctioneer pounded his gavel.
‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son.
Who will bid for this picture?’
There was silence…
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted,
‘We want to see the famous paintings.
Skip this one.’
But the auctioneer persisted.
‘Will somebody bid for this painting?
Who will start the bidding?
Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting.
We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts.
Get on with the Real bids!’
But still the auctioneer continued.
‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room.
It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son.
‘I’ll give $10 for the painting..’
Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’
‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’
The crowd was becoming angry.
They didn’t want the picture of the son.
They wanted the more worthy investments
for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel..
‘Going once, twice,
SOLD for $10!’
A man sitting on the second row shouted,
‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’
The auctioneer laid down his gavel.
‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’
‘What about the paintings?’
‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction,
I was told of a secret stipulation in the will…
I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation
until this time.
Only the painting of the son would be auctioned.
Whoever bought that painting would
inherit the entire estate,
including the paintings.
The man who took the son gets
God gave His son
over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross.
Much like the auctioneer, His message today is:
‘The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?’
Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything!
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON,
WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE… THAT’S LOVE