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23rd -- Who'll Take The Son


This is a great story that I read a few months ago. It is important we 
remember that we are new creatures when we are born of Christ. All of our 
sins were forgiven and we became children of God. This is a great 
illustration of how God feels for His Son and the faith we have in the 
Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy the story.


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 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 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 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. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

God loves us so much that He gave his only begotten Son. Never think that 
God does not love you or does not want to use you to minister to others. 
Here is the scripture to prove this. Colossians 1:12-13, "Giving thanks 
unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the 
inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power 
of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."

Keep strong my friend and never let satan steal your Joy nor tell you that 
you are not loved by God. There isn't an army powerful enough to take us 
away from the Love God has for His children.

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 8:39 "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able 
to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

1 John 4:7-9 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not 
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, 
that we might live through him."

In Christ Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 


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