Posted by: cindybythesea | February 21, 2018

Just As I Am

(ifimages    Billy Graham

Just as I am, without one plea, But that thy blood was shed for me. And that thou bid’st me come to thee. O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Every Billy Graham Crusade ended with this simple but beautiful hymn.  An invitation to come to Christ. And while Mr. Graham stood at the pulpit waiting (at the end of one of the many Crusades he preached) hundreds upon hundreds (if not thousands) would respond to that invitation. Some coming from as far as the top of the stadium where they were seated while phones rang below with countless more calling in from around the globe making that same decision by telephone.

The passing of Reverend Graham is the end of an era … perhaps, a prophetic one. Born four days before the end of World War I on November 7, 1918 Mr. Graham would live and minister through some of the most tumultuous events of the times in which he lived. Confidant of Presidents and paupers alike the appeal Mr. Graham had among people from all walks of life was universal. His simple yet profound message (by the power of the Holy Spirit) unfettered by language barrier or personal status. Watching multitudes of people stream forward at the end of a crusade always reminded me of what our gathering in heaven would be like one day. People from every tribe, nation and tongue gathered together. United by one thing – the bond that they share in Christ. Can you imagine? I can’t wait! It’s going to be an amazing thing to behold!

I remember watching the Billy Graham Crusades on television when I was a child. I also had the privilege of attending one of his crusades in Denver, Colorado many years ago at which time three of my husbands family members went forward at the altar call to receive Christ. What an amazing day that was. Unforgettable! My grandmother also faithfully supported the ministry of Mr. Graham for many years and a copy of his magazine Decision was always present somewhere in her house. Needless to say, Billy Graham and his ministry had a big influence in and on our family. Still does.

The life of Mr. Graham fell just short of spanning 100 years. The work God called him to faithfully accomplished as of today February 21, 2018.  In the photo above Mr. Graham holds high his Bible. I like this photo for it is without a doubt the rock on which he stood. As I was reviewing photos of Mr. Graham I was drawn to this photo for its similarity to something my husband said as he spoke at my grandmothers funeral. Holding her treasured Bible high above his head, he remarked …. “this is the rock on which she stood“.  And indeed, it was. A similarity to Mr. Graham I think she would approve of.

As Billy Graham is laid to rest we have to wonder -will God bring forth another Billy Graham in our day? Or was he perhaps the last call to a generation who has for the most part rejected the message of Christ in these last days. Interesting, his death comes 40 days before Easter – a number which is Biblically significant for its association with testing, trial and judgment.  Only time will tell.

It is my prayer that the message Mr. Graham dedicated his life to will bring one last response from a generation who has perhaps never even heard of him. Just as I am. So, whoever you are, where ever you are. Please know this. Jesus calls you to come and he accepts you – just the way you are.

 

Thanking God today for the life and ministry of Billy Graham and as always …

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 


Responses

  1. I am so glad you wrote about Billy Graham. I remember my mother driving from Charlotte NC to Spartenburg, SC to one of his crusades, when I was a child. There is something huge happening in the spiritual realm with our brother in Christ going home to glory land today. Just this morning during my time with the Lord, I was so impressed with praying for the prodigals to come home to our Heavenly Father. It is time for all God’s children – those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life to ‘Come to Jesus Christ’. The Spirit of God is mighty at work in these last days. Praise God!
    Just as I am, I come.

  2. God Bless you Cindy, today was a sad day but a happy one knowing that Billy Graham is with our Savior.


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