As plans are set in place for Billy Graham’s funeral, many are taking a moment to remember a man who was so influential as an evangelical Christian that some dubbed him “America’s Pastor.”
According to Fox News, his body will be taken from Asheville to Charlotte on Saturday in a procession that will take about 3 ½ hours, and will end at the Billy Graham Museum and Library.
Graham’s legacy touched the lives of millions of people both in America and across the globe. He was a spiritual advisor to twelve U.S. presidents, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.
Many are remembering how he touched their lives whether at a crusade or through one of his books or radio broadcasts. But how did Billy Graham himself want to be remembered? Before his death, he wrote some words that he approved to be shared with the world after he passed on and went to be with Jesus:
“I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.
“I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.
“By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.
“I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
“But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.
““For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).”
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