Billy Graham: Jesus knew He would sacrifice His life for us

March 23, 2013 

Q: Do you think Jesus realized that people were going to turn against Him at the end of His life? -- C.E.

A: Tomorrow, Christians will celebrate what is usually called "Palm Sunday," commemorating the day when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and was greeted by great throngs of people waving palm branches and shouting their praises: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Mark 11:9).

But Jesus knew their praises would not last, and that only a few days later even some who welcomed Him on Palm Sunday would turn against Him and join another crowd demanding His death.

Shortly before going to Jerusalem for the last time, He told His disciples that He would be handed over to the Roman authorities, who would torture and kill Him (see Luke 18:32).

Why, then, did Jesus continue on His journey?

The reason is because He knew that God had sent Him into the world for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.

Don't take lightly what Jesus did for you. He did it because He loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; OR call 877-2-GRAHAM.

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service