The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

There is a story about a wealthy man and his only son who travelled the world together collecting priceless paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and many other masters. Tragically, the son died at war while rescuing others. Distraught and lonely, the old man dreaded the upcoming Christmas day.

Christmas morning, a young soldier knocked on his door and said, “I’m a friend of your son. I’m one of the ones he rescued.” Then the soldier presented a picture he had painted of the son. Though the picture lacked genius, the brokenhearted father saw the features of his precious son and immediately valued this painting above all the masterpieces in his home. Every day, the father gazed at the portrait and told his housekeeper of his great love for it.

When the father died, the art world buzzed with excitement over the sale of his extraordinary art collection on Christmas day.

The first item offered was the painting of the son, but no one in the self-important crowd would bid on the amateurish portrait. The auctioneer insisted that the terms of the will required the portrait must be sold before any other paintings could be offered. Finally, the housekeeper, tears streaming down her cheeks, said to the auctioneer, “May I pay ten dollars for it? That is all the money I have. I knew the son, and I know how much the father treasured that portrait.” The auctioneer said, “The bid is ten dollars. Going once, going twice, gone,” and the gavel fell.

The auctioneer then announced that the auction was over. “What do you mean?” said the stunned audience. “There must be hundreds of millions of dollars of art here.” The auctioneer replied, “It is very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son gets it all.”

Like the art collectors, not everyone can see the real value of a relationship with Jesus. John 1:11 tells us that Jesus came to His own but His own received Him not. They did not accept the precious gift of God’s Son, a gift that brings with it all the blessings and love of God.

If you are not intentional about recognizing and receiving Jesus Christ, you will have nothing in the end, and there will be no negotiation of God’s terms. God’s Son may have been born in the most humble of circumstances in a manger in Bethlehem, but He is coming back in power and glory. The next time we see Jesus, things will be very different from His first coming. Not only will He be the King of kings but He will be a judge and we will be held accountable for our lives.

Read John 3:18-36 and Revelations 3:16. Clearly, there are two categories of people: those who fully accept the Son as the only means to the Father and those who don’t. People who are indifferent or neutral about the Son will miss the opportunity to live eternally with the Father in Heaven. It is not enough to believe Jesus was a good man or a prophet; James 2:19 says that even the devil believes and “trembles.”

Have you said “Yes” to the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? Luke 15:7 says there will be joy in Heaven when you do. Tell the Father today about your love for His Son. Ask God to protect your heart from being neutral or complacent about your devotion to Jesus. Is there someone you know who needs to acknowledge Jesus as Savior? Pray about being intentional about introducing them to the Son.

About Steve Rebus

Christian, Blind photographer, husband, plays guitar and drums. Loves researching accessible apps and technology.

21 Responses to “The Masterpiece”

  1. Beautiful. Thank you!

  2. Oh my, this was AWESOME!!!!!! Love it!!!

  3. Reblogged this on Delete Wheat with Christy Petty and commented:
    Yes He is THE Masterpiece. Don’t wait for better, there is no better. Don’t wait. There may be no tomorrow.

  4. I love this!!!!! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Reblogged! Timely for me. Today I will attend the funeral of a wonderful young woman, full of love and smiles and a kind kind heart, yet an unbeliever. Devastating. We all have the choice. Those of us who have chosen Christ must present Him to those who don’t know Him. Today

  6. This is a story for the ages. Thanks for sharing it. I really enjoy listening to Pastor Youssef. I love this! “According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son gets it all.”
    Hope Sarah is feeling better, Steve. 🙂
    Blessings,
    Heather
    40YearWanderer.com

  7. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:
    I LOVE THIS STORY. IT IS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT. A PRICELESS GIFT FROM GOD- HIS OWN SON WHO CAME TO BE MY SAVIOR, AND YOURS, TOO!

  8. This is a great story. Thank you for sharing

  9. Wonderful Steve! Exactly what I needed to read today-thank you!

  10. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. Please pray Steve.. I have written a letter to my ‘of age’ grandchildren to explain what ‘salvation’ is and also what it is to be a Christian. I determined that it was better done in this form for various reasons….I am not sure how they will receive it… they are loving grandchildren but like so many are just ‘doing their thing’ without thinking (at least outwardly appearing so) much about God. … Diane

    • Diane, what a true expression of your love for them. You’re such a faithful witness and i pray (and will continue to pray) that hearts will be opened and the veil lifted.
      I admire your courage and love by sharing the Gospel message. God bless you and your family.
      Please can you keep me up to date on how things go. 🙂

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