DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: The other day, I bought one of those sensational newspapers you get at the supermarket. It had a story about someone who claimed they died and then came back to life, and they said this finally proves there really is life after death. Is this right? — V.M.
DEAR V.M.: Such stories surface from time to time, but they can’t be confirmed, and even if they could be, they wouldn’t prove there is life after death. Nor would they give us any reliable data about what life is like after we die.
Only one event confirms beyond all doubt that there is life after death — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Death is our final enemy, and it came into the world because of sin. Sin is rebellion against God, and when that rebellion first took place, death followed in its wake. Since then, all creation has been enslaved by death. As the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
But by his death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and hell and Satan! And because he rose from the dead, we know there is life beyond the grave, either with God in heaven when we know Christ, or in that place of absolute despair the Bible calls hell if we’ve rejected him.
Tomorrow, millions of Christians will be celebrating that great event. Will you be among them? Have you put your faith and trust in Christ for your salvation? Make this Easter the greatest day of your life, by turning to Christ and giving your life to him. The Bible says, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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