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ON CHRISTIANITY

By BILLY GRAHAM

This article was published December 25, 2013 at 12:59 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Yesterday, my 9-year-old son asked me why we celebrate Christmas, and I didn’t know what to tell him, except that it marked Jesus’ birthday. What more could I have said?

  • M.M.L.

DEAR M.M.L.: I’m thankful your son is curious about Christmas, and I hope you’ll do all you can to keep his curiosity alive. One way you can do this is by praying for him, asking God to give him a desire to know Jesus and give his life to Him.

Yes, at Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. But who was Jesus? The Bible tells us Jesus was the Son of God, who came down from heaven to give us the greatest gift any person can ever receive - the gift of eternal life. By nature we are separated from God because of our sins, but Jesus came to take away our sins and make us part of God’s family forever. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

This Christmas, your son will probably receive many gifts from you. You will have done everything possible to give them to him - choosing them, paying for them, wrapping them and offering them to him. But they won’t really be his until he actually takes them and makes them his own.

The same is true with Jesus Christ. God has done everything possible to give us the gift of salvation, but we must accept it by reaching out and inviting Him to come into our lives. If you have never done so, accept God’s Christmas gift to you by turning to Jesus and asking Him to come into your life. And encourage your son to do so, as well.

Write to Billy Graham in care of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the website at billygraham.org

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