The Son Was Originally Compiled & Posted In 2009 By Peter O'Neill
The Story is told of a wealthy man and his young son who loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso, to Rembrandt... to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of beauty. It was their one great joy.
.....When the Korean conflict broke out, The man's son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply at the loss of his only child.
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 his 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.
Then a few months later, the broken hearted man died also.
There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great masterpieces and having an opportunity to purchase one for their own collection.
On the sellers platform sat the painting of his son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel... 'we will start the bidding with this picture of The Son. Who will bid for this painting?
There was silence...
Then a voice rang out from the crowd, '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? $100, $200?'
Another voice angrily shouted... 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandt's. 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 groundskeeper of the wealthy man's estate. '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 insistent. They didn't want the picture of the deceased man's son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel.
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, shouted the crowd?'
'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 estate owners' son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting... would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.'
A Final Thought
We Close our story by remembering... that 2,000 years ago God gave His Son to Die on the Cross. His sacrifice was for us all.
And Much like the Auctioneers' Cry,
God's Message For Today Is...
Who Will Take
Because, You See...
(editors' note 2013: The above story was originally posted 4 years ago with Tim Tebow's picture as the closing thought. We thought we'd never hear from Tim again... But Look What God Has Done! He Who Takes Gods' Son Gets Everything!)
About the picture: In The National Collage Football Championship Tim Tebow wore John 3:16 etched on His Cheeks! The game and who won was soon to be forgotten by most... But...
What Tim Did...
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH IN HIM, SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE...