The Price

Frank Sinatra crooned beautifully in his song, “I Did It My Way.’’ But the text is sad. An individual, at the end of life, regrets some of his mistakes. But says, “Hey I stood tall. For what is man, what has he got. If not himself, then he has naught.” He sounds hopeless: Scared his way may not get him to the ‘other side.’

But Jesus lay to rest the striving and guessing after life. He said in John 14:6, “ I am the way, the truth and the life . . .” (KJV).

The following condensed story illustrates the point.

A gentleman, and his son were inseparable at collecting valuable art. The widowed father smiled watching his son become an experienced collector.

But war altered their life. The son wanted to go into the service. It wasn’t long before the father received a telegram his son was killed while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic. Distraught and lonely, the art world no longer held any joy for him.

That first Christmas, without his beloved son, seemed unbearable. But a soldier greeted him at the door with a large package. “I am the one your son rescued. He was my friend.” The young man shared how the son had saved and touched many lives. “I’m an artist and I painted this for you.” The picture was of the son.

This priceless piece of art hung over the mantle, replacing another. It hung there until the man died.

The art world salivated to bid on his vast collection. According to the will, the collection would be auctioned off Christmas day. World dealers attended.

The auctioneer began by pointing to the picture hanging over the fireplace. “Who will open the bidding with $100?” Minutes passed. A voice from the back said, “ It’s just the son. Let’s get on with the good stuff.”

“No,” replied the auctioneer, “we have to sell this one-first.”

A family friend who had known the boy asked, “Will you take ten dollars? That’s all I have.”

“Will anyone go higher?” asked the auctioneer. No one spoke. “Going once, going twice. Gone.”

“Now we can bid on the treasures,” someone shouted.

But the auctioneer said, “It’s over.” Stunned they asked, “What do you mean? These other paintings are worth millions.”

“According to the will,” said the auctioneer, “whoever takes the son, gets it all.”

Jesus declared in John 10:30, “I and My Father are one.” And we’re reminded in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And, . . . “No one comes to the Father [to Heaven] except through Me” (John 14:6). There’s no other way.

It’s pure and simple. We don’t have to stand tall to depend upon ourselves. This Easter, buy the picture of God’s Son, by accepting Him as Savior of your life. And know for certain – You’ll get it all!