By Billy Graham • June 29, 2012
Welcome to our country, and I hope that while you’re here you’ll not only learn about the Christian faith, but you’ll also discover the difference Jesus Christ makes in our lives.
Jesus lived some 2,000 years ago in what we today call the Middle East, where the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia meet. This shows us that Jesus isn’t just for one nation or ethnic or racial group; He came for everyone. His life is recorded in a book called the Bible, which is almost like a library because it contains a number of books written over hundreds of years. I encourage you to get a copy and read it for yourself. (You’ll find Jesus’ life recorded in the first four books of what is called the New Testament.)
Who was Jesus, according to the Bible? He was God in human form, who came from heaven to earth to become the final sacrifice for our sins. By putting our faith in Him, we can be forgiven of our sins and become God’s friends. Jesus did this because God loves us and wants us to be with Him in heaven forever. The Bible says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
Not all of our citizens are religious; many are not. But many are committed to Jesus Christ, and I pray you too may discover that God loves you, and that you will give your live to Jesus.