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The one who takes the Son...

There was a famous painter who had a son. Father and son often painted together and were each other's inspiration. When World War I erupted, the son was sent to fight in the war, and was killed. When the father heard of his son's death, he was distraught, the grief tearing him into a thousand pieces. He became a shell of his former self and spent years limping through life.

One day the father heard a knock at the door and opened to find a young soldier standing there who, breaking out in tears said, "Sir, I am the reason your son died."
The father replied, "Well, what do you mean?"
The soldier said, "I was in front of a rifleman, and as the gun went off your son threw himself in front of me and died in my place. I am so sorry, but I want you to know that I esteem your son above all things and all people." He continued, "Look sir, I always wanted to learn to draw, and while we were in the foxholes your son tutored me. I know you're a famous painter and I'm just beginning to learn, but I painted this picture of your son and he means so much to me that I would really appreciate it if you would take this picture."
The father said, "Of course I will!" So the father took the painting of his son and, despite its crudeness, framed it in the best frame he could find and gave it the centre place in his gallery.

A few years later the father died and all the great art dealers of the world came to his house excitedly, hoping to buy from his great collection. The auctioneer said, "The auction shall begin and it shall begin with this piece." The piece was unveiled, revealing the soldier's painting of the great painter's son.
Everyone laughed and scoffed, and some even got angry, saying, "Look, we didn't come across the ocean to have jokes played on us! We didn't come here to bid on this nonsense! Get this out of the way and let the real auction begin!"
But then came a voice from the back; the voice of the young soldier. "Sir, I only have a soldier's pay, but that painting means more to me than anything upon the face of the earth. That was his son, and he died for me. I've only got eight pounds here and a few pence, but I'll give everything. Don't throw the painting away, give it to me. I'll work, I'll do anything, just please give me the painting."
It was then that the auctioneer struck down the gavel and said, "Sold, for eight pounds!"
Everyone sighed with relief and said "Finally, now let's get on with the auction."
But the auctioneer slammed down the gavel once more and said "This auction is over!"
"What! How can it be over?" exclaimed the art dealers.
And the auctioneer stood back and said "I shall now read the last will and testament of the father." He opened the paper and read:

When YOU stand alone before God on Judgement Day the determining factor will be: what did you do with His Son?
Jesus said "that all should honour the Son even as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent Him" (John 5:23). To honour is to respect, pay homage to, worship, revere, and Jesus said you must honour Him even as God the Father.
Anyone who fails to honour Jesus as their God is dishonouring God the Father and will not enter Heaven.

THERE IS HOPE. Even though "we have turned every one to his own way" (Isa 55:6), God the Father so loved us that He sent His glorious and everlasting Son into the world "to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10) Jesus entered into His own creation and as part of God's predetermined plan, the sinless Saviour suffered and died upon a cross to pay the penalty
in full for the sins of those who will trust in Him. The Bible says: "He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed " (Isa 55:5).

As an old hymn goes:
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?"

After perfectly satisfying the wrath of God on our behalf, Jesus rose from the dead and He, at this time, offers YOU COMPLETE PARDON FOR ALL YOUR SIN and THE FREE GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE. No amount of doing rituals, good works or trying to clean up your life can make you right with God. To be reconciled to God forever, YOU MUST CEASE from trying to earn your own way to Heaven and rest in that Jesus has done it all, that He has finished the work. As an old hymn goes "My sin, not in part but the whole [all of it], Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.". Jesus said: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest... learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS." Mat 11:28-29