DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’ve lived a pretty rebellious life, but now I’m older and I’d give anything to be able to erase the past and know God has forgiven me. But I can’t believe God will ever do that. He might forgive some people, but not someone who’s done all the things I’ve done. Is there any hope for me? — R.K.
DEAR R.K.: I’m thankful you’ve finally realized that the road you’ve been on doesn’t lead anywhere — except to sorrow, guilt, emptiness and eventually death. Centuries ago, the writer of Ecclesiastes, like you, pursued every pleasure imaginable, but he finally concluded, “All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).
This week, Christians all over the world will turn their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ, and particularly to those final days leading up to his death and resurrection. Why is this important to you? For one reason: By his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ made your forgiveness possible — totally and completely.
You see, Jesus didn’t come to forgive just a few people; He came to offer God’s forgiveness to everyone who turns to him in repentance and faith. The reason is because by his death he took upon himself the judgment and hell that you and I deserve. The Bible says, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
During this holy season, take your burden of sin and shame and give it completely to Jesus. God loves you, in spite of all you’ve done. By a simple prayer of faith confess your need for God’s forgiveness to Christ today, and then give your life to Him. God’s promise is for you: “In him we have … the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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