Peace in Our Time | Billy Graham Classic Sermon

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Peace in Our Time | Billy Graham Classic Sermon

The Bible says in Romans 5:1, β€œTherefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

This New Year’s Day, hear Billy Graham explain how you can be filled with God’s peace through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, in this 1975 message from Lubbock, Texas.

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Um, plain for purple mountain majesties.
All of the fruited plane.
From me, and from my god we’re ratherhood.
I don’t know how you feel.
But I feel proud tonight to be an American This year, most of our crusades have been abroad.
And we have been in various parts of the world, holding evangelistic crusades like this.
Next year, we are staying the entire year in the United States holding crusades from one end of the country to the other and participating in scores of bicentennial events because we believe that the greatest service we can make to America in her bicentennial year will be to strengthen the spiritual strength that we do have in this country and pray spiritual revival and renewal in this nation.
I believe that if we Americans will make it a year of prayer, we can see what could happen to this nation in just one year.
And I hope that all of you will be participating in that.
Tonight, I want to turn again to what could be called a Christmas text.
Though I wasn’t of it when I prepared this message, but it’s the 14th verse of the second chapter of Luke’s gospel.
Just one verse. Glory to god in the highest and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.
I want to speak tonight on the subject of biblical peace. How do we have peace? Loop 1249.
Our same lord Jesus Christ is speaking. I am come to send fire on the earth, he said.
I have come to send fire on the earth.
And then Matthew 1034, he says something else very strange.
He says, think not that I’ve come to send peace on earth.
I come not to send peace but a sword. It sounds like a contradiction.
It sounds like he didn’t know what he was talking about.
He was announced as the prince of peace in the Old Testament.
He came in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
The angels announced him is the one that was going to bring peace.
And now when he reaches the age of thirty years of age and he enters upon his ministry, He said, I have come to bring fire on the earth.
And he says, I’ve come not to bring peace, but a sword.
How do we reconcile it? What did he mean?
There are those who tried to reduce Christ to the level of a genial, innocuous, a pizza, but Christ said you’re wrong.
I’m a far setter. I’m a sword wielder.
This generation has been called the tormented generation.
And the reason that it’s been called that is because it’s an age of revolution.
A technological revolution that is causing other revolutions throughout the world.
Political revolutions, old orders are dying, and new orders are coming into being.
Nations are being overthrown by revolution almost weekly as we read in our newspapers.
And on that tragic day here in Texas, that November day 1963, president Kennedy had prepared to say to the Dallas citizens council These words, we, in this generation, are by destiny rather than by choice, what man on the walls of world freedom.
We did not seek this responsibility, but we will not shrink from it.
The 20th century will be called the century of Revolution, and the whole world order is changing and changing rapidly right now, morally, structurally in business labor, government, everything is in a is in change and in crisis.
God loves our world.
He loves you so much that he gave his son to die on the cross to bring peace.
And the Bible teaches 3 kinds of peace. Only 3.
First, There is peace with god.
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with god through our lord.
Jesus Christ said the of Paul in Romans 51.
The greatest need that you have right now tonight as an individual is peace with god.
You say, well, Billy, I’m not at war with god. Yes. You are.
You may not be conscious of it. God calls it war because you are in rebellion against it.
You don’t do his will.
You haven’t yielded your life as to him as lord and master and savior.
Oh, you’re a member of the church.
You’re a fairly decent person, but the Bible says we don’t even know our hearts.
Our hearts are deceitful and dis currently wicked. Now that’s how god looks at.
I go to the Mayo Clinic every year for an examination, and they always give me an x-ray, and they usually find a little something wrong somewhere inside of me.
And on 2 or 3 occasions, they’ve operated.
Because of what they saw in the X-ray.
I didn’t know it was there, but the X-ray shows it up.
You see, you don’t know that you’re rebelling against god. You’re not quite conscious of it.
You’re not shaking your fist in god’s face.
But you’re not go living according to the word of god.
You’re not giving time to prayer. You’re not giving time to Bible study. You’re not giving time to soul winning.
You’re not giving everything that you possibly could give.
And so god looks upon you, and god pronounces the verdict, and the diagnosis is that your heart is sinful.
That’s god’s diagnosis. That’s the way he looks at you. He says you’re a sinner.
You’ve broken my laws. You’re in rebellion against me.
And what you need is reconciliation, and the great need that we have tonight is reconciliation with god.
How do you get reconciled with god? That’s what the cross is all about. On the cross.
The lord Jesus Christ reached one hand and took the hand of god and the other hand and took your hand and brought us together and reconciled us to god at the cross.
And you can only find god at the cross. Alexander Soles and Eatsen was over here.
Recently remember. And he toured around the country, and he told a little story that everybody ought to hear, if you didn’t hear it, He said when he was in that prison for so long, there came one time and one time only when he thought of suicide.
He said he was not allowed ever to speak to his cellmate.
For weeks on end, they could not speak to each other.
And he said that his cellmate saw him growing weaker and weaker and more depressed and more discouraged all the time.
And he said his cellmate took a little stick.
And in the sand of the dirt, in the sale.
He drew a picture of the cross.
And Sultan Edson said, at that moment, The whole purpose of my existence d1ed upon me.
Because he said, I realized that Jesus Christ shed his blood for me on that cross.
And he said, that gave me the courage to live through my imprisonment.
Have you come to that cross, not with all your religious trappings, Not with all your pretenses and pride, but have you come in great humility and said, oh, lord, I’ve sinned against you, and I’m sorry, and I’m willing for you to come into my life and change my life and change my way of living.
I talked to a man this afternoon in a distant city, goes to church,
sits on
the front row, He said, I’m going to commit suicide in just a few minutes.
I’ve become so depressed. I prayed with him.
He promised to wait at least another 48 hours before he commits suicide.
Are the pressures of life pressing in on you like that?
The suicide rate in this country is rising every hour, as people are coming to the end of themselves.
And some of it is right in the church, people who have religion, but have do not have Jesus Christ.
Uh, pastor in this town told me yesterday, he said, Billy, The greatest problem we face in West Texas is that we have religion, but we don’t really know Jesus Christ.
That’s what Jesus said to Nikodemus.
You must be born again, and he was a religious man. Peace with god. That’s why Christ died.
That’s why he rose again. That’s what the cross is all about.
Christ did his part on the cross in dying for you. Now you must receive him.
You see, god is willing to offer you a pardon.
He’ll pardon you and forgive you.
But more than that, he will change you here and now.
And you begin eternal life, not when you die, you begin eternal life tonight, right now.
And you can have heaven on earth.
Joy and peace and security in the midst of a world that’s crumbling.
In fact, that’s what peace means.
Peace means tranquility, no matter what the circumstances Let the bombs fall.
Let the wars come. Let the world tear apart.
Let your husband leave you, of your wife, leave you.
Let death come to the family. All these things will cause tears. Yes.
But in the midst of it is peace because you have peace with god.
And that brings us to our second point. There’s the peace of god.
Peace with god now, now peace of god.
Jesus said peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world give it, give I unto you.
Now the world can give you a peace, You can go out here and get drunk and get a little piece.
You can go out and take some drugs and have some little piece and tranquility for a short time.
You can go out here and have a sex experience, have an affair, and you’ll have a little peace and a little fun, a little merriment, a little joy for a little while, The Bible says this pleasure in sin for a short season.
But then comes the terrible moment of truth when you might face reality.
When you must face god, you must face the judgment, you must face eternity.
And you don’t have the peace of god.
And the greatest legacy that Christ left us was his peace.
He said, my peace I give unto you, think of the serenity with which Jesus Christ moved in his life.
He wasn’t hurrying about here and there like we do.
He seemed to take time with everybody. He only had 3 years.
He could have fed all the hungry people in the world.
With one wave of his of his army could have stopped all the wars, but he didn’t do it.
That wasn’t god’s plan.
God’s plan was that he would go to the cross and take your sins.
You see, god couldn’t be just and just forgive you.
God couldn’t come along and pat you on the back and say, Jim Bill, Susie, Mary, I forgive you.
I know you’ve broken my law and you’ve sinned. You see, to us sin seems trivial.
It doesn’t seem serious. But in god’s sight, it’s deadly serious. It means eternal death.
It means judgment. God is a just god. Absolutely just.
Somebody had to bear the punishment. Somebody to spend the time in the prison.
Someone had to suffer the pangs of hell and judgment. And Jesus Christ stepped out and said, I will.
And he took your judgment in your head.
And when he was on that cross, he said to the people that were driving the nails in his hands, he prayed to the father.
He said, father, forgive them, too. They don’t even know what they’re doing.
I expect to see the men that drove the nails in his hands, I expect to see them in heaven, because I believe that god answered the prayer of his son that day.
There’s never been a person that called upon the lord even with a sigh or a breath.
And said, lord, remember the thief on the cross? He deserved death.
He deserved to die. He was a murderer. He was a robber.
And all he did was turn to Jesus Christ and say, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said today, thou shall be with me in paradise. Remember me. Remember me.
That’s all. That’s all. That quick.
People say, well, you can’t come to Christ that quick and have your life changed like that.
Use joy certainly can. Paul and Silas went prison.
They were singing, and they were witnessing, and the jailer was listening.
And the prison walls fell down in an earthquake, and it looked like the prisoners were escaping And the jailer drew his sword.
He was going to kill himself because he knew the Roman authorities would kill him the next day for letting the prisoners escape.
And Paul said, wait a minute. We haven’t fled. We’re still here.
And the man fell down in terror. And he said, what must I do to be saved?
You know what the average person would say to him?
Why you’re in no emotional state to be saved? Why don’t you calm down?
Think about it. Think about it.
Let’s, let’s, let’s meet and talk this out tomorrow and explain it to you.
Paul didn’t do that. Paul said, believe on the lord, Jesus Christ, and thou should be saved.
And I house just believe right now here.
And at that moment, that Philippian Jaela received Christ was saved and was forgiven.
And before the night was over, he was doing social work.
Because it says that he washed the backs of the prisoners whom he had beaten just a few hours earlier.
Just like that, your life can be changed.
You can be touched by Christ tonight, and never be the same again.
And then thirdly, and lastly, there is peace with our fellow men.
Jesus said, have peace with one another. In other words, We had a work for peace.
We had to do all that Mister Kissinger has been doing.
But man himself without god will never bring permanent peace.
1000 of peace treaties have been signed in the history of the world, and we still have wars.
Is there going to be a day and a time when we will have no more war?
Yes. There’s coming a day. Listen to what the scripture says.
And he shall rule the nations, and they shall beat their swords in plowshares and their spheres into pruning hooks, nations shall not lift up sword against nation.
Neither shall they learn war anymore. Isaiah 24. That’s going to happen.
War will be eliminated. Peace will come.
And then the scripture says in another place, and in that day, I will make a covenant for them with the beast of the field and the fouls of the heaven and with the creeping things the ground, and I will break the bow and the sword in the battle of the earth.
And all will lie down safely together.
Did you see the picture the other night on television, how the insects are about to take the world?
And there’s a battle now as to whether man is going to survive by 2000 AD or whether the insects are gonna survive.
And we’re at war with the insect world because they are moving so fast.
Here it says, those little creeping things, these insects, we’re gonna be at peace with.
The animal world we’ll be at peace with.
You can have a tiger in your living room, just like you have a cat now.
It’s gonna be a wonderful time.
There’ll be no tears, no suffering, no hospitals, no armies, no neighbors, no wars, and no death, no graveyards, a wonderful, glorious world to come.
What will be the government? The United Nations? No. Theocracy.
God raining. God will be in charge, and he will rule the world the scripture says with a rod of iron.
That means with perfect justice and perfect love and perfect mercy. That’s the future.
And I want to tell you tonight, I’ve staked everything I’ve got, ever will have on the promise of that word.
I’m trusting in Jesus Christ and him alone as my lord and my savior.
And when my moment comes to die, if I should die before he comes, I know that there will be an angel.
That will come and take me by the hand and usher me into the presence of my law.
And I will be with him forever. I know where I’ve come from.
I know why I’m here. I know where I’m going, and I don’t have any doubts about it.
You can have that same peace, that same assurance, that same joy, by putting your confidence and your faith in Jesus Christ.
And I’m going to ask you to do it tonight. How? How?
I’m going to ask hundreds of you to get up out of your seat right now and come and stand in front of the platform and make this commitment to Christ openly.
You say, well, Billy, why do we have to come forward?
Because Jesus said, If you don’t confess me before men openly, I’ll not confess you before my father, which is in heaven.
And every person that he called in the new testament, he called public There was a reason for it.
If you’re ashamed of following Christ, then you are no follow-up his.
He wants you to come out and be open about be open.
And I’m going to give you an opportunity to come out tonight and be open about it.
You may be a member of the best church in town, or you may not be a member of any church, you may be Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish, or you may not have any religion, but you want to come and give your heart and your life to him tonight, and you want to make sure about this thing.
You want his peace. You want his forgiveness. You want to know you’re going to heaven.
You want to choose his side tonight. You get up in common.
If you’re with friends that have come on a bus, they’ll wait on you.
Bring your friend with you. It’ll only take 2 or 3 minutes.
And after you’ve come, here’s what we’re going to do.
I’m going to say a word to you, have a prayer with you, give you some literature, and you can go back and join your friends.
You get up and come right now. If you come from that top balcony, it takes about a minute longer.
So get up and come right now. Quick from everywhere.
And all of you back here that god has spoken to and all around, you get up and come.
We’re going to wait.
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
you that are watching by television can see here at Texas Tech University Stadium.
100 of people coming across this field to make this commitment to Jesus Christ and to find peace with god and the peace that passeth all understanding.
That peace, that purpose, that joy can be yours.
Forever you are in a hotel room, in your living room, your bedroom at home, You can say yes to Christ.
God bless you and be sure and go to church next Sunday.
If you just prayed that prayer with my father or if you have any questions about a relationship with Jesus Christ, I would just call that number that is on the screen.
There’ll be someone there to talk with you, pray with you, and answer those questions.
And remember, god loves you.
If you would like to commit your life to Jesus Christ, please call us right now toll free at 1877 772-4559.
That’s 1877-772-4559. Or you can write to at Billy Graham, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Department C, Charlotte, North Carolina 28201.
Or you can tacked us on the web 247 at peace with god. Tv.
We’ll get the same helps to you that we give to everyone who responds at the invitation.
On behalf of Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham evangelistic Association.
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