Life Is In the Son
The Story of a Son
- A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from:
- Picasso to Raphael,
- Andy Warhol.
- Pablo Picasso.
- Vincent van Gogh.
- Leonardo da Vinci.
- Henri Matisse.
- Jackson Pollock.
- Edvard Munch.
- Andy Warhol
) . They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Viet Nam 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 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.
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?” “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!|
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.
Life Is In the Son
Today, Today, there is melody in my heart, today
What was impossible
the Lord made possible
Today, Today, there is melody in my heart today.
What was a big barrier, the made a big blessing
He turned my opposition
He turned into a big promotion
O give thanks to the Lord
For His mercies forever endures
Being Born Again to Reign (2)
Jesus so loved you
And He laid down His life for you
Not willing that you die in your sin
Unless you accept this truth
And turn to Him for salvation
Receiving Him as Lord and Saviour
You will have yourself to blame that day.
Friend, that Day is fast approaching, in fact it is at the Door. I have told and others have too. What are you waiting for? Summer has passed, winter is coming and you are still not saved?
Do not play fast and lose. Do not dither, delay, or be indifferent and think it’ll be alright on that day. But you say “I am a good person. I have not killed anyone.” Salvation is by grace, not of works lest anyone should boast
(Eph.2:8-9). If you can save yourself by your morality then Jesus died in vain.
You may say, “I am too bad to be saved.” Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall as white as snow. Though they be red as crimson they shall be as wool (Isa 1:18). God is not inputting your sins against you, but you have to call upon Him to be saved (2Cor5:19, Rom10:13). And Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Him (John14:6). Life is in the Son, not in religion; it’s in a relationship and fellowship with God. Religion is man’s attempt to save himself. Morality is self-righteousness. That is unacceptable to God (Rom 3:23, Rom 6:23).
This is the record, the testimony, the Real Deal: that God had given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life and whoever does not have the Son does not have life (1John5:11-12). In Him was life which lighted the son of men. He was the light that shined in the darkness and the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it (John1:4-5). Today, if He is knocking on the door of heart. Will you let Him in? Is there room in your “inn”? Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. This is the Day of Salvation. This is the acceptable time (2Cor.6:2). Stop postponing the day. Tomorrow is not promised anyone. Tomorrow may be too late (James 4:13-14).
Are you ready?
Now pray this prayer after me:
I have heard the Good News of Salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ and today. I come as I am.
I accept that Jesus died for me and I cannot saved myself. I admit that on the third day You raised Him up to give life to all who call upon You.
Today, I call upon you. Accept me as Your own. I invite Jesus to take His rightful place as my Lord and Saviour.
Thank You, O God that I am born again, the old has gone and the New has come. I am a New Creation! (Rom 10:9-10, 2Cor5:17)
Now if you said that prayer from your heart, meaningfully and sincerely, you are saved. God now inputs His righteousness to you. You are accepted in the Beloved. You are now a citizen of heaven. The angels are partying because of your wise decision. (Eph1:6, Phil. 3:20, 1Cor1:30)
Please let me know you have taken this bold step of faith so that I can help you grow in grace to live a glorious, vibrant and victorious Christian life.
God bless you richly.