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!”