DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose it makes sense to believe in God, but I’m not sure I believe in Jesus the way you preachers say we should. Where does He fit into the picture? Isn’t it enough to believe in God?
DEAR R.N.M.: It’s certainly important to believe in God; if we don’t, we have no lasting hope- either of His help right now or of life beyond the grave. The Bible says, “Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
But how do we know what God is like? How do we know He isn’t a cruel monster, or that He even cares about us? We know it because over 2,000 years ago God did something that staggers our imagination: He came down from heaven and became a man. That man was Jesus, who was fully God and fully man. Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus, for He was God in human flesh. As the Bible says: “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).
But Jesus is crucial for another reason: He came to free us from our bondage to sin. You see, only one thing separates us from God, and that is our sin. But on the cross Jesus Christ became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. By trusting Him and what He has done for us, we are forgiven and saved.
God loves you; He loves you so much that Jesus Christ came down to earth to show you His love and bring you back to Himself. By a simple prayer of faith put yourself into His hands and make Him the center of your life. You’ll never regret it.
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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