Jim Caviezel, Star of ‘The Passion,’ Issues Challenge After Billy Graham’s Death

March 03, 2018Mar 03, 2018

Billy Graham’s passing sent shockwaves through the evangelical world. While people are happy that he is home with Jesus enjoying eternity with Him, Graham’s death has left a spiritual void in America.

Jim Caviezel, a Hollywood actor most notably known for his role as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” (2004), spoke with The Christian Post recently, detailing what he thinks Graham’s death signifies for this country.

“Recently, Billy Graham just passed. Who will lead us now? What would Billy say here?” said Caviezel, who is also starring in “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” soon to be released.

“But now Jesus comes to us and [says], ‘the student has to become the teacher now,’” said Caviezel.

According to The Christian Post, Caviezel believes that Jesus is now calling persons who admired and respected Graham to step up and carry his torch. Graham passed away peacefully at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. His funeral was held on Friday.

Caviezel likened the passing of Graham to the death of his own mentor and friend, Frank Stewart. The film “Paul, Apostle of Christ” is dedicated to him.

“He was Paul to me my whole life … so at the end [of the film] when he said, ‘Paul has to move on,’ it was the same kind of thing that went through me when Frank had to finally go back to God,” said Caviezel.

“But we have to believe in the life after and that people like Billy Graham and Frank Stewart are more powerful now than ever.”

Caviezel shared that his new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” tells the story of Saul of Tarsus, who viciously persecuted Christians until Jesus met him on the road to Damascus, and later became one of the most powerful and important figures in the Church. “Paul, Apostle of Christ” will debut in theaters Easter weekend.

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