On Sunday, Evangelist Franklin Graham delivered a Gospel message during a special Easter service in Lviv, Ukraine.
"As the church worldwide celebrates Easter, our world is becoming more violent. It's becoming more secular, and many politicians and educators scoff at those that worship the Lord Jesus Christ. They make fun. They don't believe," Graham said at the start of his message.
The son of the late evangelist Billy Graham stressed that Easter is truly about Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and our subsequent salvation, not the Easter Bunny, colored eggs and baskets full of candy.
"May we never forget the true meaning of Easter, and that is the price that was paid for the redemption of your soul, and this price was paid by God. God loves us, and Easter is about God's love for mankind," he said.
Graham, whose message also aired on Fox News, further explained God's plan "to save us from our sins" after all of humanity fell into sin due to Adam and Eve's disobedience.
"God laid upon His Son the sins of mankind, and Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood,
paying the penalty for you and for me. We're the ones that deserve to go to the cross," he declared.
"We can have that hope that we will be saved and forgiven and be with God for eternity in heaven. Jesus said, 'I'm the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.' How do we have eternal life? It's not by works, but it's by God's grace," Graham continued. "This is Easter. It's about a risen savior. It's about an empty tomb," he added.
At the end of his message, Graham asked viewers to pray and invite Christ into their hearts. He also asked viewers to continue praying for Ukraine amid Russia's invasion of the sovereign nation.
In addition to Graham's message, an 80-person Ukrainian Easter choir sang worship songs in both English and Ukrainian during the broadcast.
Graham was also in Ukraine last month with his ministries Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which are conducting relief efforts for Ukrainians affected by the war.
Ahead of delivering his Easter message, Graham also called on both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to issue a temporary ceasefire from the war during Holy Week for the Western and Eastern Church.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.