Over the Easter season, satellite radio company SiriusXM is airing the messages of the late Billy Graham. The sermons will start being on broadcast on Monday until April 4, three days after Easter Sunday. In addition, 'The Billy Graham Channel' will also include reflections on Easter from Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham, who serves as president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
During his life, Graham preached in person to more than 100 million people and to millions more via television, satellite, and film. Nearly 3 million have responded to his invitation to "accept Jesus into your heart" at the end of his sermons. He proclaimed the gospel to more persons than any other preacher in history.
Jim Kirkland, executive director of Audio Media at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement released Friday that the timing of the channel's debut was important.
"For followers of Christ, Easter is the most significant celebration of all. It gives us hope for forgiveness, a fresh start now, and an eternal future with God," said Kirkland.
"Billy Graham preached this Good News, and now, the life-changing power of that news lives on through his messages. This SiriusXM channel will give listeners hope, one message at a time."
Franklin Graham calls upon followers to encourage SiriusXM to make it permanent. "Be sure to check it out - and let SiriusXM know you appreciate being able to listen. We hope they will decide to keep the Billy Graham Channel on the air," said Graham, whose comment as of Monday afternoon garnered about 12,000 likes and over 3,300 shares.