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Summary: The one who takes the Son has everything. The one who has the son has it all. But exactly what is included in the “All”?

Years ago, … there was a very wealthy man who, … with his devoted young son, … shared a passion … for collecting art.

Together … they traveled around the world, … adding only the finest art treasures … to their collection.

Priceless works … by Picasso, … Van Gogh, … Monet and many others… adorned the walls of the family estate.

The widowed father looked on with satisfaction …as his only child … became an experienced … collector of art.

But the day came … when war engulfed the nation, … and the young man left to serve his country.

After only a few short weeks, … his father received a telegram from the army …informing him … that his beloved son … had been killed … while carrying a fellow soldier … to a medic.

On Christmas morning … a knock came at the door of the old man’s home, … and as he opened the door, … he was greeted by a soldier … with a large package … in his hand.

He introduced himself to the man … by saying, “I was a friend of your son.

I was the one he was rescuing … when he died.

May I come in for a few moments?

I have something to show you.”

“I’m an artist,” said the soldier, … “and I want to give you this.”

As the old man unwrapped the package, … the paper gave way … to reveal a portrait … of his son.

Though the art critics … would never consider the work … a piece of genius.

The painting did feature the young man’s face in striking detail, … and seemed to capture his personality.

The following spring, … the old man became ill …and passed away.

The art world … was in anticipation!

According to the will of the old man, … all of the art works … were to be auctioned.

The day soon arrived, … and art collectors from around the world … gathered to bid on some of the world’s most spectacular … paintings.

The auction began with a painting … that was not on any … of the museum’s list.

It was the painting of the man’s son.

The auctioneer asked for an opening bid.

The room was silent.

“Who will open the bidding with $100?” he asked.”

Minutes passed with not a sound from those … who came to buy.

From the back of the room someone callously called out, … “Who cares about that painting?

It’s just a picture of his son.

Forget it … and go on to the important art works.”

There were other voices … which echoed in agreement.

But the auctioneer replied, … “No, we have to sell this one first.

Now, who will take the son?”

Finally, … a friend of the old man spoke.

“I knew the boy, … so I’d like to have it.

I will bid the $100.

“I have a bid for $100,” called the auctioneer.

“Will anyone go higher?”

After a long silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once. Going twice.

Gone.” The gavel fell.

Cheers filled the room, … and someone was heard to say, … “Now we can get on with it!”

But the auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over.

Stunned … disbelief quieted the room.

Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over?

We didn’t come here for a picture of some old guy’s son.

What about all of these paintings?

There is millions of dollars’ worth of art here!

We demand that you explain what’s going on!”

The auctioneer replied, … “It’s very simple.

According to the will of the father, …whoever takes the son... receives everything.” (Pause)

And Beloved … That is the essence of the story of Christmas: … Whoever takes the Son … gets everything.

The Scriptures proclaim it … Hear Gods Word: BIBLE “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; … he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” END (1 John 5:11-12).

The one who has the Son … has everything … the one who has the son … has it all.

But exactly what is included in the … “All”?

Beloved … I would suggest … that the season of Advent … points to a new life in Christ.

First (1 Finger) Advent gives us a picture of what God is like.

The coming of Christ … gave us a living picture … of God.

The coming of Christ … puts a face on God.

As we hear in these words from the letter to the Believers gathered in Colossi, BIBLE “He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible” END (Colossians 1:15-16).

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