At 95 years of age, Billy Graham gave his last message to the world. In his last message, he spoke candidly about the fundamentals of not only the Chrisitan faith but the truths of the gospel that he has spent a lifetime depending upon and growing in.
As you listen to this faith giant speak, there is no denying the power that was upon Graham’s life till the very end. And as I listened, I was reminded afresh that this remarkable man of God packed one powerful punch. Here are five profound points Graham made in his last message to the world.
1. His life was full of surprises
Often we think a man or woman of God like Graham would have a direct line to God, with a continual understanding of where and to what heights, or depths, God was going to bring them for the gospel. As Billy shares, that was not the case for him.
“As I look back over my life it’s been full of surprises. I never thought I would become friends with people in different countries all over the world.”
We watch as images of Graham with great leaders from all over the world span the screen, scenes of giant stadiums filled to the brim with souls seeking and meeting the one true God—our God of love and redemption. Scenes of Graham preaching all over the world with people racing the stage to give their lives to Jesus.
“I see how God’s hand guided me. When I began preaching man years ago it was not with any thoughts that I would be preaching to large audiences. God has done this.”
2. He yearned for our country to have a spiritual awakening
“Our country is in great need of a spiritual awakening. There have been times that I have wept as I’ve gone from city to city and I’ve seen how far people have wandered from God. Of all the things I’ve seen and heard, there’s only one message that can change people’s lives and hearts.”
And Graham knew that message, the only way—Jesus.
3. He wanted the church to gain an understanding of the true meaning of the cross
“I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross. Not the cross that hangs on a wall or around someone’s neck. But the real cross of Christ.”
The cross that brings freedom. The cross that expresses the great love of Christ for each and every one of us. “It’s scarred and bloodstained. His was a rugged cross … the cross is offensive because it confronts people. Even so, it’s a confrontation that all of us must face.”
4. He understood that the cross is the only thing that confronts the evil of this world
“The cross is offensive because it directly confronts the evils which dominates so much of this world.”
5. He knew that the cross demands of us
“One reason that the cross is an offense to people is because it demands. It doesn’t suggest. It demands on your lifestyle and on all of us.”