Bible Reading: Gen 7:1-24 , Prov. 18:10
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They would often sit together and admire the great work of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out the son went to war. He died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, a young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said sir, I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, as he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love portrait. The young man gave the package to the father and when he opened it, he saw the beautiful portrait of the son. He thanked the young man and hanged the portrait over his mantle.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his painting. Many influential people gathered with excitement of having opportunity to purchase one of their collections. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer says, “We will start the bidding with this picture”. There was a silence. Then a voice in the room, shouted we want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one. But the auctioneer persisted. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200. Another voice shouted angrily “We didn’t come for this painting”. But still the auctioneer continued. The son! Who will take the son? Finally, a voice came from the back, it was longtime gardener of the man and his son “I will give $10 for painting (being a poor man, it was all he could afford). The auctioneer says “We have $10, who will bid $20? The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the pictures of the son. They wanted more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel! Going one, twice sold for $10! A man sitting. on the second row shouted “Now let’s get on with the collections”. The auctioneer Iaid down his gavel. I’m sorry the auction is over. The crowd asked him – what about the painting? The auctioneer says “I’m sorry when I was called to conduct this auction, I was told about strict stipulation of the will. The stipulation says only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the painting. The man who took the son gets everything.
Jesus is the end-time boat of salvation, Just as Noah and his family entered the boat in the old testament and were saved from great delusion that besieged the whole earth and its inhabitants, God has raised his son (Jesus) as the end time boat of salvation and peace to many that will believe in his name. Prov 18:10 reads “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe”. No matter how you run after the world, the world cannot offer you everything; as you go about your business today, I want the final word of the auctioneer to ring in your heart. “The man who took the son gets everything”.