Billy Graham devotional

April 4th, 2009

One of my spiritual heroes is the great evangelist of our time Dr Billy Graham. Each day Billy places a simple devotional thought on his website. Every now and then I subscribe and start my day with his quick reflections.

A typical example of a devotion is cut and pasted below or you can find it here – http://www.billygraham.org/DailyDevotional.asp.

God Bless,

Dave

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“It was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day.”
-Luke 24:46 (TLB)

What was the power and influence that changed the cross from an instrument of bloody torture into the most glorious and beloved of all symbols? The Romans crucified thousands of people before and after Calvary. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, no right-minded person would have glorified anything so hideous and repulsive as a cross stained with the blood of Jesus. By the miracle of His rising from the grave, Jesus placed the seal of assurance upon the forgiveness of our sins.

A dead Christ could not have been our Savior. An unopened grave would never have opened heaven. By bursting the chains of the tomb, Jesus proved Himself to all ages the conqueror of sin. The sacrifice on Calvary had fulfilled its purpose; the ransom price paid for your sins and mine had been accepted by God. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Prayer for the day
Each time I see the empty cross, let me be reminded of Your suffering and Your victory, Lord Jesus.