A Lost Masterpiece

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It was stunning news in the Arts world. A piece of artwork that no one knew even existed had been found.

When the simple painting surfaced at an art auction, it was assumed to be the work of a 19th century German artist. Peter Silverman was drawn to the portrait. He wondered if it had been attributed to the wrong artist and era. At that time a New York dealer purchased the painting for $19,000. But a decade later Silverman, recognizing the portrait in a Manhattan gallery, quickly purchased it for $20,000.

Silverman had experts study the portrait with sophisticated technology. The quality of the work suggested it came from the hand of a master artist who was left-handed. The young woman’s costume and hairstyle were determined to be from the late 1400’s, not the 19th century.

A forensic art expert discovered a fingerprint that was not discernible by human eyes. It perfectly matched a fingerprint on Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome. The value of the small portrait immediately soared to over $150 million. It is now called La Bella Principessa.

This reminds us of another masterpiece. There is something unique about human beings, and yet so often we undervalue ourselves. We sell ourselves to a job, to the pursuit of fame or pleasure or to an addiction. None of these reflect the true value of the human soul that bears the fingerprint of God.

The Bible says that God placed His imprint on us. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26,27). We are distinct and separate from the rest of God’s creation. We were made to enjoy a relationship with God, but that relationship was broken by sin.

You are worth more than any Leonardo Da Vinci painting. God places an infinite value on you. The Lord Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). God loves you so much that He gave His Son to die on the cross for sin – the sin that marred His masterpiece. Through faith in Him, all your sins can be forgiven and the masterpiece-status He originally intended for you can be fully realized.

Would you like to be found and start the rest of your life with the value and the meaning that God has always intended for you?


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