Full text of renowned evangelist Billy Graham’s sermon titled “The Death and Resurrection of Christ” which was delivered on a rainy night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the year 1970.
Notable quote from this message:
“Because you see, man is in rebellion against God. Adam and Eve rebelled in the garden of Eden. And every man since Adam and Eve has broken God’s law and sinned against God. And as a result of that, God and man are separated. And man’s only way back to God is through Jesus Christ.”
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Billy Graham – Evangelist
My message is going to be brief, and my text is going to be Luke, the 23rd chapter beginning at verse 42.
Luke 23:42-43: “Remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.” And Jesus said unto him, “Verily, I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.”
The greatest and most historical event of all of history, was when Jesus Christ died on that cross. And when Christ died on the cross, the lightning flashed, the thunder roared, the darkness came.
As the nails had gone into the hands of Christ and a spear had gone into His side and the nails through His feet. And Jesus was hanging between heaven and earth suffering for us. The soldiers had taken Him out of His prison and they put a crimson robe on Him, they’d beaten Him two or three times.
And then they took two or three murderers with Him. Two of them in particular, who were going to be crucified with Him. And then they took Him across Jerusalem and they made each one of them bear a placard, or at least herald went before them to bear a placard telling of their crimes.
And then Jesus stumbled and fell. He was weak from the loss of blood, and they compelled an African to help Him carry His cross. And as long as the history of man shall go, we will always remember that it was an African that helped Jesus bear His cross.
There are people today that say that Christianity is the white man’s religion. Don’t you believe it.
For all of those who believe in Jesus Christ, He belongs to all people. He came from that part of the world that touches Asia, Africa, and Europe. He belongs as much to the African as He does to the European; and as much to the European as He does to the Asian.
Jesus Christ belongs to all people, but an African helped Him carry His cross.
And then when they got to Golgotha, these soldiers went about their work, nailing the nails in. These two murderers and thieves that were being crucified with Jesus were yelling, screaming, crying, but Jesus never uttered a word. And they took some medicated wine that acted as a sedative and gave it to the two thieves. And they took it and they offered it to Jesus, and He refused it, because He wanted to drink the very bitter dregs of death in our place for us. He wanted to suffer all of death, showing that God loved the world and God was willing to forgive the sins of the world because of what Christ was doing on that cross.
The people that were watching were laughing and sneering. They said, “He saved others, why can’t He save Himself? Come on, You worked great miracles. Why don’t You work one more? You raised Lazarus from the dead. You raised a widow’s son from the dead. Why can’t You save Yourself?”