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BILLY GRAHAM: Embrace the hope and joy of Easter

I don't believe in life after death. As far as I'm concerned this life is all we've got, and once it's over that's the end. -- Z. McC.

A: Tomorrow, millions of Christians all over the world will celebrate the one event in human history that assures us beyond all doubt that there is life beyond the grave: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus said, "Because I live, you also will live" (John 14:19).

Think of it this way: How could we ever know -- really know -- that death is not the end, but that a more glorious life awaits us after we die?

The only way would be for someone to die -- and then come back to life and tell us what awaited us after death.

And this is what happened with Jesus. His promise came true: "I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go ... I will come back and take you to be with me" (John 14:2-3).

Hundreds -- even thousands -- witnessed His death on that Roman cross outside Jerusalem, and observed His body being taken down and placed in a sealed and guarded stone tomb.

But on the third day, the tomb was empty, and during the next 40 days hundreds witnessed His presence.

Don't go through life without hope, living only for the moment and never understanding why God put you here.

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.

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