Billy Graham was a revered writer as well as an extraordinary orator. As well as writing books, he wrote columns for newspapers across the world. Here, he shared his concern that people were looking to politics and science as a solution to life’s problems…
The vast majority of people around the world are looking to politics, science and education for the solution to life’s problems, and not to Jesus Christ. Why is this? What is happening? I believe part of our dilemma is that we have preached a weak, watered down Christ. We have preached a watered-down gospel. We have caused young people to doubt the authority of the Scriptures. We have given people a god of our own imagination. Christ has been robbed of his deity. The supernatural has been eliminated from our faith. We try to rationalise away the full deity of Christ, which includes his resurrection from the dead. It was the resurrection of Christ that caused the disciples to go out as burning young revolutionaries to change the world of their day. They preached that Christ was alive.
If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world
This should be our message, not only at Easter but every day of the year. The risen Christ wants to come into our hearts today. I was invited to have coffee one morning with Konrad Adenauer before he retired as the Chancellor of Germany. When I walked in, I expected to meet a tall, stiff, formal man who might even be embarrassed if I brought up the subject of religion. After the greeting, the chancellor suddenly turned to me and said: “Mr. Graham, what is the most important thing in the world?”
Before I could answer, he answered his own question. He said: “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Yes, Jesus Christ is alive. This risen Christ, taken by faith in all of his power and glory, is great enough and big enough to cope with every problem the human race faces at this hour.
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