4/17 BILLY GRAHAM: Christ is alive today and we can know Him personally

A woman I work with says Jesus is her best friend, but I don’t understand what she means. How can you be best friends with someone who lived 2,000 years ago? — Mrs. M.R.

Just a couple weeks ago, Christians throughout the world celebrated the greatest event in all history: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And those two momentous events provide the answer to your question.

You see, Jesus isn’t just someone who walked this earth 2,000 years ago. He is alive today! We know this because He conquered death by the power of God through His resurrection.

Afterward, He appeared repeatedly to His disciples — even hundreds of people on one occasion (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Then, the Bible says, He was taken up into heaven, where He is praying for us. And by His Holy Spirit He is present with us today.

Only one thing separates us from God, and that is our sin. But Jesus Christ gave His life as the final and perfect sacrifice for our sins — and because of that, we can be forgiven and become part of God’s family forever.

Your friend knows these truths, and has acted on them by giving her life to Jesus Christ. And because of that, she knows Christ is with her and is her friend. Why not make the same discovery she has, by giving yourself to Jesus and inviting Him into your life?

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: