God's Grace Reigns on Bogotá
Festival de Esperanza, August 28
August 29, 2009 - Just as Franklin Graham invited the crowd of 25,000 to give their lives to Christ, the heavens opened up with a gentle shower. Tears of joy and repentance mixed with raindrops as more than 1,300 people came forward.
by Janet Chismar
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Our team will be posting testimonies from tonight and videos that show God's grace very soon. We have met so many amazing people! The Lord is really doing a major work in this city and nation.
Early tomorrow, we have the privilege of covering Festiniños, a special event for the children of Colombia. It is always one of our favorite parts of a Franklin Graham Festival.
Clowns, music and a simple Gospel presentation will surely bring many of the little ones to Jesus. Please pray for their souls and for the people who will be working behind the scenes, counseling, and performing.
Pray also for Franklin Graham as he shares his final Gospel message tomorrow night.
Tonight Franklin preached from Luke 19, sharing the story of Zacchaeus, a tax collector who met Jesus when He passed through Jericho.
"Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but he was small in stature," Franklin explained. "Thousands followed Jesus and he could not see above the crowd. The crowd blocked his way; there was an obstacle."
Your sins block your way unless you accept Jesus Christ by faith, said Franklin. "Telling a lie is a sin, stealing is a sin, adultery is a sin, murder is a sin – but tonight God will forgive you. Is there an obstacle in your life?"
Maybe you feel small tonight, maybe you feel God is far away in heaven, Franklin said. "But He is not far away. He loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for your sins."
Zacchaeus was smart – he climbed up a tree in order to see Jesus. And Jesus stopped. He saw Zacchaeus and called him by name. The call was urgent – "come down out of that tree."
"Tonight Jesus is calling you by name," Franklin told the crowd. "It is urgent. He is passing through here. You may never have an opportunity like you do tonight. Zacchaeus responded immediately. Will you?"