By Will Graham
For the past decade, I’ve had the great blessing of traveling the world, sharing the hope of Christ and the promise of eternity with Him. I have several different passages from which I preach and multiple anecdotes that I like to use.
When it comes right down to it, however, there are three key truths that I share every time I step up to the podium. They are applicable and relevant for every person in the audience, young or old, across the globe.
First, there is a God who loves you and wants a relationship with you. One of the most famous and oft-repeated verses in the Bible is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV). God loves us so much that He sent His Son to establish a relationship with us. If you are a parent, you can understand the great sacrifice this was on our behalf.
Second, sin has destroyed that relationship. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (ESV). God is perfect, and can’t tolerate sin in His presence. You and I, on the other hand, are sinful and broken people. We aren’t hiding that sin from God. He knows who we are and what we’ve done.
Please don’t underestimate the destructive nature of sin. You may think that it’s okay; not a big deal. However, every sin erodes that relationship and draws us further away from God rather than driving us to Him. Sin brings spiritual decay.
Finally, God sent His Son to restore that relationship through Jesus’ death on the cross. God loves us and wants a relationship with us, but sin has damaged that relationship. What’s the answer? God sent His perfect Son, who knew no sin, to take our place and the punishment for our sin. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (ESV).
Jesus took your sin and mine and became our substitute. He carried our sin, and in its place gave us His perfection. Now when our holy and sinless God looks at us, He sees us as blameless.
Now, my friends, those are the truths that I share from scripture – that God loves us and wants a relationship with us, that sin has destroyed that relationship, and that God sent His son to restore it. As an evangelist, I can tell people this, but I can’t make them accept it. And, no, eternal life isn’t a default setting that exists for everybody.
One must make the decision to follow Jesus, to believe in Him and accept the free gift of Salvation He offers; to bring healing and restoration to that sin-broken relationship. I pray that you have made that decision and found that hope, and that you use these three truths to reach others.
Copyright 2018 Will Graham. Will Graham is vice president and associate evangelist at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (www.billygraham.org). To learn more about The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, its many ministry endeavors, or opportunities for involvement, please contact: John Rivera, Regional Manager, at (201) 843-1659 or Jrivera@bgea.org.