PASADENA, Calif. (BP)--Nearly 55 years to the day after ending a Los Angeles crusade that launched evangelist Billy Graham onto the national scene, he was back in Hollywood preaching the same timeless Gospel of grace and redemption Nov. 18.
"God is saying tonight, 'I love you. No matter how bad you have been, I love you and I'll forgive you because of what Jesus did on the cross,'" Graham told more than 45,000 people at the famed Rose Bowl during the first of a four-night crusade designed to reach the country's second largest metropolis.
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MercyMe was part of the Billy Graham crusade that began at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 18. More than 2,500 people accepted Christ during the first night's invitation. Photo by Tobin Perry
Some 2,500 people came forward to make a decision for Christ.
Graham centered his 30-minute message on the Passion and the meaning of the cross. He referred several times to Mel Gibson's hit movie "The Passion of the Christ" from earlier this year, focusing at one point on the scene that depicts Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
"Tears are coming down His cheek and He says to God, 'Father, take this cup from me, but not my will but your will be done,'" Graham said. "Then He looks in the cup. What did He see in the cup? He sees the sins of the whole world." Read More