Billy Graham Gives Special Christmas Message
They don't make 'em like they used to. I sure do miss Billy Graham in his prime. We need more people like this! In the spirit of the Christmas season, thinking about Billy Graham reminded me of
They don’t make ’em like they used to.
I sure do miss Billy Graham in his prime.
We need more people like this!
In the spirit of the Christmas season, thinking about Billy Graham reminded me of when he showed up to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in 2010 to give a special Christmas message to the staff. Take a look, from CNS News:
Pastor Billy Graham, the most influential evangelical preacher of the last 60 years, said in a Christmas message to employees of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) that Christmas is about much more than what “we see and hear on the radio and television” because the “whole thing is about Jesus,” adding that when he looks into the Christmas manger, he sees “the greatest teacher that will ever live.”
“I came here to just say two words: Merry Christmas!” said Pastor Graham during a Dec. 22, 2010 visit with BGEA employees in Charlotte, N.C., which was posted on YouTube. “But I want to say there’s so much more to Christmas than what we see and hear on the radio and television. The whole thing is about Jesus.”
“When I look into that crib, I see the greatest teacher that will ever live,” said Graham, whose preaching over the decades reached an estimated 2.2 billion people worldwide. “And the only way that we can ever get to Heaven is through Him and His sacrifice on the Cross.” He then quoted from Galatians, in the New Testament, “Paul said, God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
Commenting further, Billy Graham said, “[O]n this Christmas season, when the world seems to be in turmoil, wars are breaking out in different places, crime is rampant, many things are happening that are great sins in the sight of God — but in that crib is the person who grew up to save us, and He did.”
“And when He died on that Cross and suffered as few men have ever suffered, we thank God we have that great privilege of having Him in our hearts,” said the pastor, who started preaching at tent revivals in the 1940s. “We receive Him as our savior and He has changed our lives.”
“I thank God for all of you, and I’m thankful for the work that you do and the help that you give us in the ministry we believe God has called us to do,” said Graham in his closing remarks. “I want to say to all, a blessed Christmas and a Merry Christmas.”
Then, in a message to the whole world, facing the video camera, he says, “Merry Christmas to everyone and God bless you and your family.”
Pastor Graham is 96 and his son, Rev. Franklin Graham, said in a recent interview that his father was “doing pretty good,” and that “his mind is still clear, still engaged.” Billy Graham still lives at his mountain home in Montreat, N.C. His wife of 64 years, Ruth Bell Graham, died in 2007.
Watch the moment here:
To see a modern day Billy Graham, please check out Dan Mohler:
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!