TAKE MY SON
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works
of art. They had everything in their 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. 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 someone bid for
this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100?
$200?" Another voice shouted angrily. "We didn't come
to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs,
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?" announced the auctioneer.
"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters." "$10
is the bid, won't someone bid $20?" 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 $10.00. 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 everything!"
God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel
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.
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