Message from Will Graham: An Easter Message


But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with HIs wounds we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

While the New Testament details the crucifixion extensively, my own personal belief is that there is no greater text dealing with the suffering of Christ than Isaiah 53:5. As we near Easter — a time in which we remember and celebrate the finished work of Jesus on the cross — I’m once again reminded of this emotional, poignant passage. This single verse shows so much about our own human brokenness, and Christ’s incredible sacrifice.

When Christ suffered, it was not pointless suffering, but it was in order to meet four of man’s greatest needs.

Forgiveness: Isaiah says that, “He [the Messiah] was pierced for our transgressions.” The word for transgression is that of rebellion or revolting. In other words, we have rebelled against God and His commandments. We’ve sinned against Him, and we need forgiveness. God’s answer is that He sent His only Son Jesus to shed His blood for our sins in order to forgive us of our sin. (See Hebrews 9:22)

Substitution: Man is not only sinful but he is guilty and deserves punishment for breaking God’s commandments. When we break laws in society, punishment is given to us. For example, we receive a fine when we are caught speeding. However, when we break God’s law, the punishment is death. (See Romans 6:23) Therefore, man’s need is not necessarily to get out of punishment or a reduction in punishment, but man needs a substitute. Jesus was pierced, crushed, chastised and wounded — for OUR sins. And because Jesus loved us, he chose to take our place. He became our substitute.

Peace: Since we broke the covenant with God, our natural human status is to be in conflict with the Lord; the opposite of peace. Knowing this, and knowing that we could never afford to pay for such a peace, God gave His Son to take the wrath the God in order to appease His holy nature. Man was in debt to God and God paid His own bill. Jesus’ chastisement on the cross enables us to have peace with Him.

Healing: Due to our own actions, we allow sin to come into our bodies and start to bring about death. This is spiritual death, and because it is spiritual, we need a divine cure: Jesus. Christ’s death on the cross allows spiritual healing to come to our dying souls. By His wounds we are healed.

Our sinful human nature is not a surprise to God. Yet in His love for us, He provided a way for us to find forgiveness, substitution, peace and healing through Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you are beginning to realize that you’ve never found forgiveness, or healing, or peace. You’ve struggled to do the right thing, trying to earn your way to heaven, only to fall time after time.

If this sounds familiar, now would be the perfect time to find out the true meaning of Easter, and place your faith in the One whose death and resurrection we celebrate this season!

God bless you.  — Will Graham


38 thoughts on “Message from Will Graham: An Easter Message”

  1. Amen, and amen! SO very grateful to our dear, precious Savior for ALL He suffered for us and for His willingness to take our place and die for the sins we committed. Oh, I do love Him and want to please Him with my life! We saw your Dad recently as we attended and volunteered for the Decision 2016 tour in Columbia, SC. I wrote about it on my blog, Homespun Devotions. If you would care to read it, you can do so by going to this link:
    We heard you preach in person last September at the TNG Conference in Spartanburg, where we were on the Concerned Women for America prayer team. Your message touched us deeply, and it was such a dear blessing to pray with a dear soul who came to our prayer room after you preached that night! God bless you in your ministry and keep you strong in Him.

  2. Will,
    Thank you for staying true to the Gospel! It is still the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. I pray God’s continued blessing on you!

  3. Thank you for this Easter message. Jesus gave His all for us and for His sacrifice we desire to tell everybody we meet as well as continue to be partners with the BGEA .

  4. Yes I look forward every year For EASTER SUNDY, Which is one of the best CELERBRATIONS, We can ever have, And read the SCRIPTURNS over and over, A reminder of HIS LOVE FOR US, Who have our ,names written in the LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE, I PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, A men.

  5. At 90 yrs of age I can say God is my refuge and strength, and Jesus is the One and Only way to eternity with Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you, and I can have peace indeed, Stand fast for Jesus, our coming King.

  6. I have learned that the more simple shorter version grabs the person’s attention. An introductory sentence; main body; sometimes combining 2 or 3 different topics . Whittle the three into 1 dynamite easier to read. I’m still at that stage in my writing. I have uncovered a blessing accidently to bless others.
    Take my personal testimony for example.
    This represents my life to the present.
    I was walking & Christ has been good to me. i looked back and my shadow was dark. As I looked forward God promised me a double rainbow.

  7. Thank God for you and your father for the main years serving God. My daughter was saved in1968 under the teaching of Billy. God Bless all you do. Norma

  8. Thanks Will for God’s Word. I agree that scripture says it all on what Jesus did for us. I ache for those who think they can never find forgiveness. Oh, what a gift we were given.
    Love you and yours.
    M. JO

  9. Dear father
    I wish you also the same,
    I will never forget you in my prayer day and nicht,
    God bless you,your family and your country.
    Stay in bless

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