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ON CHRISTIANITY

By BILLY GRAHAM

This article was published March 22, 2013 at 2:27 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose you’d call me a “Christmas and Easter” kind of Christian, because those are about the only days I go to church (except for weddings or funerals). Why should I bother doing any more?

  • L.W.

DEAR L.W.: Although I hope that someday you’ll attend church more regularly, I’m thankful you haven’t dropped out completely, and that you still make the effort to attend services on Christmas and Easter.

After all, Christmas and Easter commemorate two of the most important events in human history, and as you attend Easter services next week, I hope you’ll pause to think more deeply about the meaning of these two days. On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the divine Son of God who came from heaven to save us from our sins. He wasn’t just a great man or only a profound teacher; He was God in human flesh.

At Easter we remember His death on the cross for us. He was without sin, but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He became the final sacrifice for our sins. Now we are forgiven and cleansed of our sins as we put our faith and trust in Him. Easter also reminds us that Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb, but was raised from the dead by the power of God. And because He rose from the dead, we need not fear death if our faith is in Him.

Let these truths sink into your soul during this holy season, and then by faith commit your life to the One who died and rose again. The Bible’s promise is for you: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

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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