Franklin Graham, the eldest son of the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last month at the age of 99, shared with his followers on social media what’s written on the “simple” marker on his father’s grave.
On Twitter, Graham wrote that his father “was laid to rest on the grounds of @TheBGLibrary” beside his wife, Ruth, and the etching on the marker reads:
Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
The verse reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
In another tweet, Graham wrote that his father has said, “I’m prepared to die, in fact I’m looking forward to it—And when you’re prepared to die, you’re also prepared to live.”
Earlier, he explained on the Today show the reason behind the epitaph: “When my mother passed away, we knew what she wanted on her tombstone. So I asked father so there wouldn’t be any argument among us children. ‘Daddy, what do you want on your tombstone?’ And he thought about that. He said ‘preacher.’
“He spent his life telling people about Heaven, how to get to Heaven. He wrote books on Heaven. Now he’s in Heaven and he would want me to tell everybody watching that if you put your faith and trust in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, that you can be in Heaven too.”
Paying tribute, country music singer-songwriter Mallory Hope quoted Billy Graham as once saying, “I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.'”
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Source: Christian Post