There once lived a wealthy widower who shared a passion for collecting art with his beloved son. Priceless works adorned the family estate.
Then war interrupted. The son enlisted, and after only a few weeks, the father’s worst fears were realized: his son was killed in action.
Months later the bereaved old man was awakened by a visitor. “I was a friend of your son,’ said the stranger at the door, ‘He was rescuing me when he died. I have something to show you.”
The package contained a portrait of the man’s son! It wasn’t a masterpiece, but precious nonetheless. The old man was overcome with emotion and gratitude.
When the old man died, his paintings were slated for auction. The event began with a painting that wasn’t on the docket, the painting of the man’s son.
Bidding opened at $100. Silence. ‘Who cares about that painting?’ someone cried, ‘Let’s get to the good stuff.” Voices clamored in agreement.
Finally, an elderly gentleman asked, “Will you take $10? That’s all I have but I know the lad and would love to have the portrait.” After more silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice. Gone.”
Then to everyone’s surprise, the auctioneer closed the auction! Stunned disbelief filled the room. “What do you mean?’ voices demanded, ‘There’s still millions of dollars of art here!”
The auctioneer replied, “Simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes his son gets it all.’
Men, behold the glory of the gospel: whosoever takes the Son in faith receives all the Father’s benefits!