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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

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

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" someone shouted.

"$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!"

A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the
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 every thing!"

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.

~Author Unknown ~

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" He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the
Son of God does not have life."

~ 1 John 5:12 ~

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