His last breath on earth quickly turned to his first breath in heaven.
It has been a day of both great celebration and deep mourning as Reverend Billy Graham, a mighty servant of the One True King, has passed from his 99 years of life on this earth to his eternal home in heaven. Such an event has brought about a great deal of reflection.
Our media, normally attacking Christians who outwardly preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, suddenly reporting the celebration of one of God’s faithful servants going home. Why is it that on any other given day society would be screaming about how they refuse to have God “shoved” down their unwilling throats, and yet today they are accepting of this message? I
Is there hope for our country after all?
Could it be that after facing a horrible massacre in one of the country’s schools just last week, people are moved to seek the Lord? We are desperate for hope and a Savior. Today gave way to a tiny glimpse at what this world could be like if we put all of our energy forcefully opposing one another into loving one another.
1 Corinthians 13:13 says what I lack so eloquently, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Love is the basis for all things. The greatest love we will ever experience is the infinite love of God, who sent His Only Son Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He was born to die so that we might live.
Reverend Graham understood the inexplicable sacrifice God made for His children. He shouted it from the rooftops and demonstrated great love each day. Oh, that we might follow his lead. That we might remember above all love one another; for through great love comes great hope for a future.
Through great love comes great hope for a future.
Sacrifices have been made since the beginning of time. Sacrifices ordained by God for the attonment of our sins. Yet, none have been able to accomplish what the sacrifice of Jesus did permanently. Hebrews 10:4 says “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin.” Nothing in these animals have the power to wash us clean eternally. But Jesus: Jesus took both the need for sacrifice and our sins once and for all.
May we not only today, but every day lovingly remember the pioneers like Reverend Graham, who spent their lives preaching the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. Greater yet, may we always remember that Jesus paid it all for each one of us. That by His blood we are cleansed from our sins. By God’s great love, we have been granted the opportunity for eternal life worshipping at the feet of our Lord.
As for those three that remain, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13, let us always walk in faith. Faith that comes from believing that God is who He says He is. By believing that He will do what He says He will do, and by trusting Him to do it. Let us bask in the hope that God has promised us; hope for a future. And above all, let us always love.
Written by Tonya Andrews, Encourage Her Ministry