By Billy Graham • June 1, 2004
I’m glad you want to go to church on these occasions because they mark the two most important events in human history: the coming of God’s Son into the world, and His death and resurrection for our salvation.
But do you see them this way? Do these two events remind you of just how much God loves us, and what He did for us by sending His Son into the world to die for us? Or do you go to church on these occasions just because it’s the customary thing to do? You see, Christmas and Easter both point us to great and profound truths–truths that will change your life, if you let them.
What are those truths? First, they tell us that something is wrong with us. That “something” is sin–and it is serious, because it means we are separated from God. It also means we deserve nothing but God’s judgment–and as the Bible warns, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
But Christmas and Easter also point us to a second truth: God loves us and He has done everything possible to bring salvation to us. When Jesus died on the cross, He was paying the price for your sins and mine. When He rose from the dead, He showed that He had conquered sin and death and Hell. Don’t take casually what He has done for you, but during this holy season respond by giving your life to Christ–just as He gave His life for you.