The Rushmore Report: Billy Graham’s Christmas Message – From 1966


In an article first published in Guidepost in 1966, famed evangelist Billy Graham wrote about three symbols that represent the true meaning of the Christmas season. His words are still worth sharing – over 50 years later. As you and your family prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior in just four days, you might consider going over these powerful thoughts together.

The first symbol is the cradle. Cradled in Bethlehem that night were the hopes and dreams of a dying world. Graham wrote, “Those chubby little hands that clasped the straw in his manger crib were soon to open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, and still the troubled seas. That cooing voice was soon to teach men of the Way and to raise the dead. Those tiny feet were to take Him to the sick and needy and were to be pierced on Calvary’s cross.” Graham described the cradle as the link that bound a lost world to a loving God.

The second symbol is the cross. Approaching the cross, Jesus essentially said, “To this end I was born, and for this cause I came into the world.” To Christians the joy of Christmas is not limited to His birth. It was His death and resurrection that gave meaning to his birth. It is in the cross that the world can find a solution to its pressing problems.

Third, there is the crown. Jesus was crowned with a crown of thorns and enthroned on a cruel cross, yet His assassins did something unwittingly. They placed a superscription over His cross in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, which read, “This is the king.”

Graham concluded, “Yes, Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, and He is coming back some day. He will come not as a babe in Bethlehem’s manger. The next time He comes it will be in a blaze of glory and He will be crowned Lord of all.”

Cradle – cross – crown. Let them speak to you. Let the power of Him who came to us at Christmas grip you, and He will surely change your life.


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