News came across this morning that Billy Graham had entered the Church Triumphant after 99 years of living an inspiring and influential life. I paused and gave thanks to God for this man who lived for the glory of God and shared powerfully the simple Gospel.
It will be an interesting challenge to share his life and legacy with those ages 25 and under who never experienced his presence and persona in evangelizing the world. At 6’2” Graham was an impressive figure and with his rugged good looks and steely blue eyes, he seemed to be larger than life. However, the most impressive quality about Billy was his humility in sharing the simple Gospel.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association estimates that Billy Graham preached before 215 million people in 185 countries. Can you imagine how much preparation went into those services with Cliff Barrows and how many sermons Graham prepared uniquely for the crowd and culture? Most will never know, but Graham always built his messages on 4 simple points that some have termed the 4 Spiritual Laws.
The messages, regardless of where he was in the world, began with the truth that God has a wonderful plan for your life. The second point shared the human dilemma: we cannot know that plan because our sin separates us from God. The third point provided God’s great way forward, Jesus Christ came to save us from our sin, restore us in fellowship with God so God could reveal His wonderful plan for us. And finally, the fourth point was about how God was inviting us to respond, place our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in God’s wonderful plan for His glory.
Thank you, Billy Graham and well done good and faithful servant!