Faith Moment
October 27, 2014
Who Takes the Son?

This story is obviously fiction, but it’s sweet lesson is still of value.

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 grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, 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, killing him instantly. He often talked about you and your love for art.”

The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not a skilled artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”

The father opened the package to find a portrait of his son that the young man had painted. 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 at having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the 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 take the son?” And again, he met with resistance from those who came to bid on the famous paintings.

Finally, a voice came from the back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the estate. He said, “I’ll give $10.00 for the painting.” He was a poor man, and ten dollars was all he could afford, but he had loved the son and wanted the painting as a loving reminder.

No further bids were offered, so the gavel came down, awarding the painting to the gardener.

Then came the surprise. “The auction is over. The will stipulated that whoever bought the painting of the son would inherit the entire estate. The man who took the son gets everything.”

God gave his Son 2,000 years ago. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: “The son, the son. Who will take the son?”

Whoever takes the Son gets everything!


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