is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your day, and could change your
ending will surprise you.
wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything
in their collection, from
to, Matisse to Picasso, to Rembrandt, to Raphael.
would often sit together and admire the "great works" of art.
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
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.
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 this 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."
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
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.
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.
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
a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous paintings.
Skip this one!"
the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start
the bidding? $100, $200?"
voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van
Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!!"
still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the
a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of
the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting." Being a poor man, it was
all he could afford.
have $10, who will bid $20?"
it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."
is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"
crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the
wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for
man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the
auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is
about the paintings?"
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
the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would
inherit the entire Billion Dollar estate, including the
man who took the son gets EVERYTHING!"
gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the stake. Much like the auctioneer, His
message today is: "The son, the son, who'll take the son?"
you see, whoever takes the Son gets EVERYTHING!!
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH,
SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE.
have a choice to make:
To follow only the Son's 1st Century ways "exactly",
to follow all the impostor religions.
take the Son's way and have eternal life and the Universe, or not take the Son
and have less than nothing=eternal death.
choice is yours, as the Father gives everyone/you free will to
c Lawrence Nowell
The Obedient Church of God
c Lawrence A
Lawrence A. Nowell