Two weeks ago I was at a Valentine’s dinner over at my wife’s parents house. Her mom, Sally, had their best friends in town from Portland. They are a great couple who have encouraged my in-laws over the years and vice-versa. On this particular Valentine’s day my mother-in-law asked us to all answer this question, “Who is God to you?”
That questioned could be answered in many different ways. When it was my turn, I shared the story of when I was 11 years old. My mom took me to the Cleveland Municipal Stadium to hear a man named Billy Graham. I grew up in church but for some reason up until that point in my life I had not heard the good news of Jesus of Nazareth. Billy spoke how that this man named Jesus loved the World so much that came down from heaven to die for us all to free us of our sins because He loved us so much. Sins of addiction, jealousy, hate, greed, lying, coveting, adultery, murder, and the list goes on. That day, I wanted to know Jesus. He sounded like a great king and someone I wanted to follow. I did that day on June 11, 1994. I decided to follow Jesus.
I have yet to hear a story so powerful in my life of a God, that would love people so much that he would die for them. The in three days he would rise again. Thousands and thousands of artifacts over the years have supported these claims.
Fast forward to last summer. I was in Charlotte for an XTERRA triathlon and I decided to go to the Billy Graham Museum after the race. I stopped it and took the tour of the home he grew up in. They walked you through his life and finished by sharing the same story he had been sharing for decades. The story of Jesus and His love for the world.
I left the last part and a man approached me and asked if he could pray for me. I said, “sure.” And the man said a prayer thanking God for me. Thanking Jesus for Jordan.
The simple story that Billy shared with me and millions across the world was the same today as it was 2.000 years ago. Jesus, lived a perfect life. He sacrificed his life for us. And was raised again. He did this for you and I.
So if you don’t have any friends today. You feel broken. You are alone. Jesus is there for you. While people will let you down, He won’t.
Billy had a friend in Jesus and I am thankful that Billy introduced me to Him.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Who is God to you?