“The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”
“God proved his love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ ”
“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”
Billy Graham (1918-2018)
On February 21st, 2018, the Reverend Billy Graham went home to be with His Lord, Jesus Christ. Accolades from around the globe, from all ages, and from countless leaders quickly poured in. Our brother Billy was a great man. Millions have come to Jesus Christ because of his ministry and the hundreds of other believers he led to the Lord. Yet Jesus, Himself, said that even the greatest man on earth is least in the Kingdom of God. Jesus was referencing and praising the life of John the Baptist who was His cousin and the prophet who prepared the way for the ministry of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist recognized he was simply a servant of God and humbly declared the following verse, a verse that should be the clarion call for all believers in Jesus Christ.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:30 (ESV)
I believe our brother Billy lived such a life of devotion and servitude to Jesus Christ. His sole purpose on this earth was to point everyone to Jesus Christ and the Cross. There are many quotations of which Brother Billy is famous; I have only chosen a few. These quotations spoke to me because they all point to Jesus Christ as the only path to salvation and eternal peace with God. I honor his life with one more quotation, one that encapsulates the Gospel of Jesus Christ and places the grace and mercy of God above any works or good behavior that any of us could or ever will do in this life on earth.
“I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’ “
Brother Billy is a great saint of God but we are still, all sinners, saved only by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the Cross. I am looking forward to meeting you in Heaven, Brother Billy, in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.