Graham's message is timeless: Jesus is the only way
June 29 2001 by Michael Foust , Baptist Press

Graham's message is timeless: Jesus is the only way | Friday, June 29, 2001

Friday, June 29, 2001

Graham's message is timeless: Jesus is the only way

By Michael Foust Baptist Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. - He opened by proclaiming the exclusivity of the gospel and closed by stressing the eternality of the soul. During four days of preaching in Louisville, Ky., June 21-24, 82-year-old evangelist Billy Graham made it clear that while his health has changed in recent years, his message of salvation through Jesus Christ hasn't.

Graham preached to more than 180,000 people during four nights of the Greater Louisville Billy Graham Crusade at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, including a stadium-record crowd of 57,500 on the final night. Each night, nearly 2,300 people responded to Graham's call to make a commitment to Christ.

"Is there another way to heaven, except through Christ?" Graham asked the crowd on the first night. "The Bible teaches there's only one way. Other people will come along and try to tell you there are other ways, but the Bible says there's only one way, and that way is by the cross. Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by Me.'"

Each night, the crowd showed its appreciation to Graham by giving him a standing ovation as he prepared to speak. Following the standing ovation on the first night, Graham quipped, "I'm not a horse" - in reference to Kentucky's famous thoroughbreds.

Like he has during his entire career, Graham mixed anecdotes and humor with his gospel presentation. He joked about his age, saying that the golden years are anything but golden.

"I used to think of myself as young - just a few short years ago," he said on the final night. "Now I know that I'm old, and I have a lot of the problems that old people have. I've accepted the fact that I'm old, and I'm proud when they say that I'm old. It's a great period of life. ... It's a great period to experience God - to look back over your life and see the hand of God in your life, and to have the assurance that if you die you're going to heaven. To me, heaven is one glorious place, and I'm going."

Graham then quickly reminded the hushed crowd of the reality of death, saying, "Every one of us are going to die."

"Are you in the process of losing your soul today?" he asked. "You were born in sin, and sin has separated you from God. There was a movie entitled, 'The Voyage of the Damned.' That's the route some of you are taking right now. You're on a cruise. It's the voyage of the damned. You're having a pretty good time now, but one day it will snap, and you'll find yourself in a totally different environment. There's no return route out of hell. It's a one-way street.

"Jesus Christ loved you so much that he died that you might live - that you might live fully, completely and eternally.

Graham told the story about the New Jersey lottery winner who waited until the last week to claim his multi-million dollar prize.

"But even if you've got it all, it doesn't bring peace and happiness," he said. "It doesn't help in time of trouble."

While the world changes, God never changes, Graham said

Graham then told the crowd, "(God) is never going to change. But you must change. Have you changed?"

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