I have the joy of serving as chair of Leighton Ford Ministries. Leighton is one of the great statesmen of Church, has been an evangelist all around the world for a half century, and now focuses on mentoring young evangelists.
Leighton is married to the sister of Billy Graham. Jeanie is one of the wisest people I know. And she’s always been gracious in treasuring and respecting the unique relationship she has with her older famous brother.
Billy is 91 years old and has been very weak physically these past couple of years. He’s confined to his house in North Carolina and has not even been able to hold any media interviews for about three years.
Leighton sent to some of his friends the follow reflection for Good Friday – asking the question, what would Billy preach if he was strong enough to stand behind a pulpit one more time?
Billy Wants to Preach One More Time
When Jeanie took some friends to visit her 91-year old big brother a few weeks ago he was feeling better and chippier, and his voice was much stronger than it has been.
And he told Jeanie: “I would like to preach one more time.”
That’s unlikely at his age. But, who knows, with that desire?
But: if he was able to preach one more time, what do you think his text and theme would be?
You have a guess?
If you visited the sitting room where he spends much of his days you would know.
On the wall Jeanie saw a Bible text written in very, very large letters.
But God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
That gives more than a hint doesn’t it!
And wouldn’t you like to hear him preach the cross? One more time?
Perhaps he will. Or perhaps he did, to that small congregation, Jeanie and her two friends, at his mountain home.
God forbid that I should glory … save in the cross.
That’s good to hear on Good Friday.