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Our spiritual need is forgiveness: Will Graham



Wil Graham, grandson of American evangelist Billy Graham, preaching to the congregation on the last day of ‘Celebration of Peace Crusade’ at Dimapur District Sport Council Stadium in Dimapur, Sunday, February 12. (Caisii Mao Photo)
 
Morung Express News
DIMAPUR | FEBRUARY 12

More than 12,000 people turned up to listen to the preaching of Rev. Will Graham, the grandson of Rev. Billy Graham who also preached in Nagaland some thirty years ago, on the last day of the ‘Celebration of peace gospel service’ held at DDSC Stadium, Sunday evening.
Rev. Will Graham in his message dwelled on the personal encounter of a blind man Bartimaeus with Jesus as contained in Mark 10 and how Bartimaeus was healed of his blindness because of his “faith” in the ‘Son of God.’ Quoting from the Bible, Graham said that as Jesus along with his disciples were leaving the city of Jericho on their way to Jerusalem, Bartimaeus perhaps realized that this was his last chance to redeem himself and therefore seized the moment and cried out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Celebration of peace culminates
But why did Bartimaeus ask for mercy and not justice or help? Graham asked the congregation and said that today “we live in a world where we always demand for our rights and justice.” But Graham said that one has to be careful while seeking justice from God as men “deserve death” for their sins and that it is only through seeking mercy and forgiveness that they can be saved. “Maybe Bartimaeus was physically blind but he could see spiritual reality,” he said and recalled another verse “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.”
“Tonight, you too can have a personal encounter with the living God like Bartimaeus,” Graham told the congregation and said that the decision to have personal encounter with Jesus lay entirely with oneself. He said there will be many people in the congregation who have come to attend the service because they realized that there is more to life than which they are experiencing at present.
Making an analogy, Graham said that Jericho of old was in some ways like Dimapur as both were centres of trade and commerce. And just like Bartimaeus who seized the moment realizing that Jesus may never pass by Jericho again, Rev. Graham said the moment to encounter Jesus and seek His forgiveness and mercy was now as no one knows what the future holds.
“Our spiritual need is forgiveness but our sins have blinded us to this need,” he said. The evening service was led by Rev N Tsudir.

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