There was anticipation in the air on one particular night back in Scott's high school days. Scott's a recent friend of mine. He lives and works in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis.
Anyway, a bunch of Scott's friends
Scott's usual social cadence was to go along with the party scene and puff away at the mundane of the here and now. Getting high was normal. It was life. But something was different this night. For some reason, Scott decided to withdraw. He stayed home.
While at home, he became uncomfortably exposed to a Bible. That was weird for Scott. He didn't want anything to do with its ancient black and white pages. It wasn't him. Not his style.
So in order to get that odd Bible-reading moment washed from his memory, and never to return to it, he turned on the family television. He was looking for a Hollywood-sized distraction.
This was years ago, so Scott was actually turning a dial that was attached to the television. After turning a few times, he stopped. For some reason, he decided to stop the dial on an older-looking gentleman who was literally preaching about the Lord of that same Bible that Scott was trying to outrun.
He didn't know why he stopped on a preacher but he did. He watched and he listened. He was glued to the simple yet passionate voice of Billy Graham. Scott had no idea who he was. He'd never heard of him.
But Scott listened. As he listened, something deeper inside of him began to listen. His heart was opening up. He was somehow attracted to the news, the Good News, that Jesus Christ died on the cross for sinners. Jesus died even for a sinner like Scott.
At one point, at the end, of the message, Billy said, "The buses will wait for everyone." Simply meaning, we're not leaving until everyone who wants to put their faith in Jesus Christ comes forward to make that life-altering decision.
It was at that moment that Scott poured tears out of his eyes like never before. He cried so hard and repented of his sin so clearly that he began to experience a high like never before. He felt cleanness and forgiveness. Light and not darkness. Jesus and not self.
Scott was saved.
Billy Graham died today but his legacy lives on through so many who realized that Jesus Christ is the only way to true peace and love.
Thank you, Billy Graham. You were one of my heroes. You were the first reason I began to think I might want to preach the Gospel one day.
You Are Loved!