The Auction

Robert Strand

The very wealthy English Baron, Fitzgerald, had an only son who understandably became the center of this little family's attention. The son grew up, but in his early teens his mother died, leaving the grieving father and son. Time went on, Fitzgerald devoted himself to raising his son. Then, in his late teens, the son died of cancer. In the mean-time the Fitzgerald financial holdings and investments increased. He used much of his wealth to acquire art works of the "masters."

paintingofrocksEventually Fitzgerald became ill and died. Previous to his death, with his "solicitor" he had carefully prepared his will with explicit instructions on how his estate and collections were to be sold. He had directed that his considerable art collection to be sold at auction at his estate. Because of the quantity and quality of the art works which were valued in the millions of pounds, a huge crowd assembled. Among the buyers were the curious, museum curators and other collectors. The art works were on display for two days before the auction. Among them was a painting receiving little attention...it was a poorly done portrait of Fitzgerald's son by an unknown artist.

The time came for the auction to begin...the auctioneer gaveled the crowd to silence. Before the bidding, the attorney read from the will: "The first picture to be auctioned was that of my beloved son." There were no bidders except the old grounds keeper of the estate, for sentimental reasons he bid a single pound. He bought it!

The auctioneer stopped, the attorney continued reading from the will: "Whoever buys my son gets all of my art collection. The auction is over!"

Whoever gets the son, gets it all! And...whoever gets the SON OF GOD, really gets it all...including an eternal home!

"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 does not have life!" (I John 5:11-12).