On Wednesday, a man who God used to present the Gospel to millions of people went home to be with his Savior. Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. Now a renowned megachurch pastor is revealing that Graham is the man whose preaching led him to know Christ as his Savior as well.
In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas spoke about the incredible influence Graham had on his life and how he led him to be the minister he is today. Aside from preaching at his massive church, Jeffress hosts a Christian radio program heard in almost 200 countries and is President Trump’s faith adviser.
“Billy Graham was a member of my church, the First Baptist Church in Dallas, for 54 years, even though he lived in North Carolina,” Jeffress informed host Trish Regan, “So this was a very personal thing for us at our church, the passion of Billy Graham.”
“But simply put, Trish, no other preacher has made the impact that Billy Graham made since the Apostle Paul. There are millions and millions of lives that have been touched because of him, including my own mom [who] became a Christian when she was 23, the year before I was born, at a Billy Graham Crusade,” he continued.
“And I’m a Christian today because of Billy Graham, in many ways,” Jeffress revealed. “And people say, ‘Well, what made him such a success?’ It was really two things. First of all, he preached the Bible. He didn’t preach denomination. He preached the Bible.”
“And secondly, he had a simple message,” he continued. “It was a simple message that God loves us, and even when we sin, we can find forgiveness through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter our race, our religion, anyone who comes to Christ can have eternal life.”
After Regan commented that Graham made religion exciting to many people, Jeffress replied, “Well, he did it, again, by preaching the Gospel; he did it by emphasizing that faith is a relationship, it’s not some sterile religion, it’s a relationship.”
Jeffress added, “And I’ve got to tell you this: I just returned from Jerusalem this morning. I’ve been there with some faith leaders including Billy Graham’s granddaughter Cissie [Lynch], and we were walking through the streets of Jerusalem the day before he died and she was talking about her grandfather and talking about how he was ready to go home. And then this happened.”
“So Billy Graham was not afraid of death,” he concluded. “He was looking forward to that day when he would be welcomed into the presence of Jesus. And I think the first words he heard, Trish, were the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Watch the brief interview with Jeffress below:
What do you think of this? Here are three of the most powerful messages Graham gave during his crusades.