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What’s Wrong With the World? | Billy Graham Classic
Now, tonight, I want you to turn with me to June the 14th chapter and the 14th verse, June the 14th chapter and the 14th verse, not jobbies in the Old Testament. And it's the oldest book in the world. There is no known book in the world as old as the book of Joe. And yet, Jube ask a question that I'm sure disturbs many of you tonight. He asked a question that every great philosopher has wrestled with. He asked a question that every great thinker, an intellectual at some time wrestles with. He asked the same question that one of the greatest scientists in this country asked me about three weeks ago. He said science knows nothing about it, but he said, I'm disturbed about it and worried about.
Here is the question, if a man die. Shali live again. If a man dies, we live again. The problem of death and life are life and death, haven't you ever thought about that? You've been to a funeral.
For a few moments, your solemn, your thoughtful, that night you go back, you go to bed, you think about it. One of these days, they're going to be taking me out to the cemetery. They'll be saying some words over me. Is that the end?
Is it all over, you know what the Bible says, the Bible says there's a time to be born.
And a time to die birth is a happy event. Death is a tragic event and we have tears.
You take the fifth chapter of Genesis and you'll see the list of all those men that live to be old man, Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years, but he died.
Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixty nine years before he died.
I read about a man the other day in Brazil that they claim lived one hundred and thirty four years. But he died.
At the end of every life is death, life is very brief.
The Bible says it's a tale that is told it's a weaver shovel. It's a flower that fades. It's like the grass that withers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow expressed it once when he said, art is long and time is fleeting and our hearts, those stout and brave, still like muffled drums beating funeral marches to the grave.
And that's exactly where we're all headed, it is appointed to man wants to die. Thou shalt die and not live.
Now, the great question is.
Are you ready to meet God because the Bible says it's appointed and the man wants to die, but after that, the judgment there is something after death, according to this book.
Now, again, I say I can't take you to a scientific laboratory and prove it to you, but this book teaches from Genesis to Revelation that this life is only a preparation room for eternity.
There is another life. The Old Testament teaches in the New Testament teaches it. Jesus taught it. The apostles taught it. If a man dies, Shelly live again. That's the question, Joe. That's the question that millions are asking tonight. And the answer from the Bible is a resounding yes.
Yes. There is a life after death.
If a man dies, shall we live again? Cicero, the great Roman, set up on this subject, I entertain no more than conjecture. I've spent a great deal of my life searching for the answer. Mrs. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt in one of our columns a few years ago said it's instinctive for a man to believe in life after death, and it is you never find a tribe anywhere in the world. You never find a culture. You never find a civilization anywhere in history that didn't believe in some form of life after death. And when the early. Forefathers and pilgrims came to this country, they thought they had found some tribes in New England that didn't believe tribes of Indians and didn't believe in life after death, but they soon found when they communicated with them, that they believed in the happy hunting ground.
Yes, man, instinctively something down inside says there must be our future life, there must be something beyond this life.
But after all, there is only one authoritative person that can speak on this subject.
Because he came from the grave.
And his name was Jesus Christ, about two or three years ago, I had the privilege of having an interview with with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in his last year in office as chancellor of Germany. He had invited me. I was preaching in Germany, and he had invited me to come and see him. And I didn't know what about I was quite surprised and of course, flattered to get the invitation.
And I went he greeted me big, tall, giant of a man, the man that had almost single handedly brought democracy back to Germany after the war, and I wondered, what is this great man want of me?
The first question he asked me was this, he said, do you believe?
In life after death. I said, yes, sir, I do. I said, I believe the Bible teaches.
He said, I do, too. He said, I am studying the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And he said, when I leave office as chancellor, I intend to spend the rest of my life studying the resurrection of Christ because he said, if Christ is alive.
There is hope in the world. He said, if Christ is not alive, there is no hope that I can see that civilization can be saved.
Wasn't that something?
Yes, Jesus Christ is alive. He rose from the dead and that day, that Easter Sunday morning, that first Easter when Mary and Mary Magdalene and Siloam went to the grave expecting to anoint a dead body, they saw the angel sitting by. And they said, where is Jesus, the angel said, he is not here, he is risen. I submit to you tonight that that's the greatest news the world has ever heard.
He is not here. He has conquered the grave. He's alive.
And ladies and gentlemen, I believe that there's more proof that Jesus Christ rose from the dead than almost any other fact in Roman history. I don't believe that's a fact in ancient history today, so well proven as the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But even if there was no proof, no historical proof, no scientific proof, and there is I would still believe it because I believe this book is God's inspired word.
And the whole early church went up and down the country preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That was the thing that shook the Roman Empire, that a man had risen from the dead, that he was alive. That death could not hold him. Christ is alive. He's a living savior.
And yet many of his followers and Christians. Live and act as though he's dead.
He's not dead.
He's alive, and the Bible says that at a given moment, a given signal, he's coming back to this earth to set up his kingdom and what a kingdom it's going to be. It'll be a world in which there will be no tears and no sorrow and no death. There'll be no suffering. There'll be no war. There'll be no police forces. There'll be no armies.
It's going to be a glorious world ruled by one person, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I've given my life not to a dead Christ, but to a living Christ, and I'm following a living savior and he's given me a song to sing. He's given me a flag to follow.
He's given me something to believe I have reason for existence. I know where I've come from. I know why I'm here. I know where I'm going. Do you.
God, said, Hezekiah, get your house in order, you're going to die. Now, you and I are going to die because you see the Bible teaches that you and I have a body. But living inside of our body is the real you, you're a real person.
And that's the part of you that lives forever. Your body is going to go to the grave. But you, the real you, your intelligence, your memory, your personality is going to live forever and ever according to the Bible, you will never die. And you're going to spend a million years, a billion years in one of two places. According to Jesus.
Not according to Billy Graham. But according to Jesus. Jesus talked a great deal about heaven, but he talked three times more about hell than he did. Heaven. The other writers of the Bible don't have too much to say about hell, but Jesus talked about it all the time.
In the Sermon on the Mount, I've had fellows say, I don't believe in hell I live, but the Sermon on the Mount, which you've never read, the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus talked about it now. What did he mean by.
He said the son of man shall send for these angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom, all things that offended them, which do iniquity and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. And there should be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. What did he mean? Matthew, twenty five, forty one, then, shall we say to them on the left hand, depart from me, you cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. What did he mean? He is saying that hell was never made for a man. He is saying that God will never send anybody to help.
If a man goes to hell, he goes by his own free choice. Hell was created for the devil and his angel.
Not the man God never meant that a man should go there. And God has done everything within his power to keep you out.
He even gave his son to die on that cross, to keep you out.
Because, you see, when God made you he made you a free moral agent, you can live any kind of life you want to.
You can live a good life, you can live a bad life, you can break God's laws, you can obey them, you can shake your fist in God's face, and there's nothing God can do because when he created you, he gave you a gift of free choice. You're not a robot that he pushed. You push a button and you jump on a bed. You've got a right to resist God, to reject God. But the Bible says in spite of our rebellion and rejection, God loves you. He loves you so much that he gave his son to die for your sins and when Christ died on that cross. We don't understand all that happened on that cross, but we know one thing. That he took the helm and the judgment that you deserved and I deserved because of our sins, he took it on that cross and that's why that terrible expression comes from his lips.
My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Because you see the very meaning of hell is separation from God, and in that terrible moment, a shot passed between God, the father, God, the son for the first time since eternity began, Christ dying for you.
And he suffered the pangs of hell.
He became guilty of lying.
He became guilty of slander. He became guilty of jealousy. He became guilty of the most filthy, dirty sins. And when those sins came into his soul, your sins and my sins came into his soul. God could not look.
Because God cannot look upon iniquity. God is so holy. Christ took the hell did you and dad deserve?
On that cross now, God said receiving believe in it. Put your trust in your confidence in him and I will forgive your sins and I will guarantee you eternity in a place called heaven.
It's all yours and it's all free. All you have to do is receive it.
What an offer he offers you tonight, eternal life.
Now, you turn a life doesn't begin the moment you die now, when you die as a Christian, eternal life doesn't begin.
That eternal life begins the moment you receive Christ.
Now, many of you here in South Carolina. And in North Carolina and all over the country have been reared in Christian homes.
Are you go to a church?
You live a fairly decent life. And you're sort of living on the reflected afterglow of your parents religion, but you've never really received Christ for yourself.
You've never really trusted him for yourself.
You don't know him, really.
You're not really sure that you're ready to meet God and the Bible says prepare to meet thy God.
Are you prepared?
Are you sure you are prepared, you know, the Bible says these things I write under you that believe on the name of the son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. I can stand here tonight without being egotistical, without being conceited.
I can stand here tonight and say to you on the authority of this book, I know my sins, the forgiven, I know I'm going to heaven, I know that I'm going to live as long as God lives, because the moment I receive Christ, I became a part of God's own life. Now I'm going to live a billion years and I'll only have begun. I know that not because of any goodness of my own. I'm not going to heaven because I've lived a good life. I'm not going to heaven because I preach to great crowds of people. I'm going to heaven because of what Christ did on that cross. From my grateful, you saved through faith that none of yourself not of works less than a man should boast. We're not going to heaven because we're good, we're not going to happen because we work, we're not going to heaven because we pay, we're going to heaven because of what he did on the cross.
And all I have to do is receiving. And it's so simple. To receive Christ, that millions stumble over its very simplicity, you see, God made it so simple that children can believe he made it so simple and so easy that a blind man, a deaf man, a dumb man can believe.
A man of any race can believe a man of any nationality, of any language can believe, and that's all God says you have to do to get to heaven.
Just believe now that word believe is a little more than maybe you think it is. It means commitment. It means surrender. It means that I give everything I have to Jesus Christ and trust him alone for my forgiveness and my salvation. It means that the moment you receive him, your name is written in the Book of Life.
Is your name in the Book of Life? Are you sure you are going to heaven? Are you prepared to meet God? If there's the slightest doubt in your heart tonight that you are prepared to meet God, don't you dare leave here without settling it. Why? Because you may never have another hour or another moment like this. You can't come to Christ anytime you want to. The Bible says he did hard and it is hard being open, reproved she'll suddenly be cut open that without remedy.
Thousands of people have prayed for this crusade. The spirit of God has brought you here. Hundreds of people have come to Christ already in this crusade.
The way is prepared, your heart is prepared. The spirit of God is speaking tonight.
This is the hour, this is the moment, and you may never have this moment quite like this again, I'm going to ask you to commit your life to Christ to make sure that your name is written in the Book of Life, to make sure that you are going to heaven and to receive tonight eternal life. And here is the way we're going to do it. I'm going to ask you to get up out of your seat right now. Hundreds of you get up out of your seat and come and stand in front of this platform. Right now, quietly and reverently, I'm going to ask that nobody leave the service, please.
Get up out of your seat, men, women, young people, you may be members of the church, you may be an usher, you may be a choir member, get up out of your seat and come and stand here. And after you've stood here, I'm going to say a word to you. Have a prayer, give you some literature. You can go back and join your friends. That's all there is to it. But it's very important that you come and make this public declaration.
Jesus said, if you're not willing to acknowledge me before, man, I'll not acknowledge you before my father, which is in heaven, you get up and come right now, there's something about coming forward that settles it and feels it in your heart. You get up and come quickly. And I'm going to ask that everyone be in prayer. Now your heads and pray. Pray for the person to the right of you and left of you in back of you, in front of you. Perhaps no one ever prayed that they would come to Christ before. Many people already on the way. You get up and join them and come, what, an hour and what a moment for you to come to Christ. We're going to wait as you come.
You're watching the Billy Graham classics, please call the phone number on the screen right now for spiritual help and guidance. As hundreds are responding to Mr. Graham's invitation to make a public commitment to Jesus Christ, you can make that same commitment right where you are. Just pick up the phone and call the number you see on your screen, special friends are waiting to talk with you and pray with you about this most important decision.
To you that have been watching by television and you'll be leaving the service now in just a moment. You can make the same commitment and the same decision that these are making and the same Christ that will come into their hearts and give them assurance. We'll do the same for you. You may be sitting at a bar somewhere. Maybe you're in your living room at home, or maybe you're in a friend's home. Maybe you're in some unusual place that I couldn't even think of at the moment. And you need Christ and you need God in your life. You can receive him right now and he can bring about a tremendous change and then go to church on Sunday, have a talk with a minister, tell him the decision that you've made and get to work for Christ and live in this brand new dimension of living the spiritual dimension.
Good night and God bless you.