DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know Christians believe Jesus was divine, but what exactly do you mean by that? Most of the religions I’ve studied have their holy men and women, but what makes Jesus any different from them? — L.D.
DEAR L.D.: Simply stated, the difference is that Jesus was not only a godly man, but the Bible says he was actually God in human flesh. This is a profound truth, and it sets Jesus apart from every other religious leader who has ever lived.
On one hand, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus was fully human. He was born as a baby, grew up as a child and worked much of his adult life as a carpenter. Like any other person, he got hungry and thirsty and tired. He also felt joy and sorrow and pain. In addition, he also knew what it was to endure temptation. The Bible says he “has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
But the Bible also tells us that Jesus was fully God. This is a profound mystery we’ll never fully understand this side of heaven, but when Jesus was born, God himself came to live among us. Jesus was God in human flesh. The Bible says, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Colossians 1:19).
Why is this important? Because only a divine savior could save us from our sins, and he did by becoming the final and complete sacrifice for our sins through his death on the cross. And by his resurrection he proved that he was indeed who he claimed to be: God in human flesh.
Don’t turn your back on him, but by faith welcome him into your heart and life today.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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