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" The Auction is Closed "

An art collector had in his collection works by some of the greatest painters of the world -- Rembrandt, Van Gogh, da Vinci, Picasso, etc. But his favorite portrait was one of his own son, who had died in battle. A fellow solder had painted a rather inept portrait of the son and given it to the broken-hearted father, and though the painting was "amateurish," it was deeply cherished by the father and had hung alongside the works of the legendary artists of history.

When the collector neared the end of life, he wrote out his will and specified that his art collection be put up for sale at an Auction.

At the Auction, it had been specified that the portrait of the collector's son should be featured first. But the bidders were not interested in the portrait, and there was grumbling among the crowd, as they were anxious to get on to the famous works.

The Auctioneer could hardly rouse a bid for the portrait of the son; but finally, after some minutes of the usual "auctioneering" sing-song, a bid of $10 was meakly offered. No further offer could be conjured up by the Auctioneer's efforts, so without a single competing bid, the portrait was sold for that amount.

Then the Auctioneer said, "According to the Will, the Auction is now closed."

You can imagine the consternation that went over the would-be bidders, and the outburst of inquiries as to what was going on! "What about all the other great works?" a would-be purchaser asked in a loud voice over the noisy, disappointed crowd.

The Auctioneer explained that, "According to the Will, all of the art collection goes with the portrait of the son; whoever purchased the portrait of the son also becomes the owner of the remainder of the collection. Everything goes with the portrait of the son!"

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" -- Romans 8:32.

by: George Gray

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