DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why didnt everyone believe in Jesus during his lifetime? He did so many miracles that it seems to me like everyone would have believed in him, and yet they didnt. Why not? W.Z.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR W.Z.: Youre right; not everyone believed in Jesus during his time on Earth, although they saw his miracles and heard his teaching. Many did believe, but others didnt, and some of them even turned against him and urged the authorities to put him to death.
Why didnt they believe? For the same reason some people today dont believe, although theyve heard the Bibles message that God loves them, and that Christ died to give them new life, now and forever.
The problem is inside of us, in the stubbornness of our hearts and wills. We want to run our own lives, and we know that if we yield ourselves to Christ, we cant keep on living the way we once did. Like the rebellious men in one of Jesus parables, we declare, We dont want this man to be our king (Luke 19:14).
In reality, of course, people today come up with all kinds of excuses not to believe in Jesus or yield their lives to him, just as they did in Jesus time. Pride, a particular sin, doubt, peer pressure these and countless other excuses keep Jesus out of our lives. But it doesnt have to be that way, because he alone offers us lasting hope in the midst of a world of despair and sin.
Dont let these things or anything else keep you from Christ. Instead, realize who he is and what he has done for you by his death and resurrection. Then by faith open your heart and life to him. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).
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