Over the years, many people wrote Billy Graham with questions about Easter’s significance. Here, we have chosen several of the most commonly asked questions—along with Billy Graham’s answers.
Q: I’ve never understood why people refer to the day that Jesus died as “Good Friday.” What’s so good about that?
A: You’re right, up to a point; Jesus was innocent of any crime, and from a human standpoint He didn’t deserve to die.
Q: Did Jesus realize that He was going to be arrested and put to death when He went to Jerusalem for the last time? Why didn’t He avoid it?
A: Jesus probably could have incited [the crowds] into action and thus avoided His arrest and death. But He didn’t—and the reason is because He knew He had come into the world to die for our sins.
Q: My friend who doesn’t bother with God or church until Easter. Do you think she’s a real Christian?
A: Only God knows your friend’s heart, and whether or not she sincerely wants to follow Jesus and has committed her life to Him. Perhaps a seed of faith was planted in her heart as a child, and as Easter approaches she senses a need to have it grow.
Q: Which was more important, Jesus’ death on the cross or His resurrection from the dead?
A: Both Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead are equally important; they cannot be separated from each other. Without Jesus’ death, we have no hope of God’s forgiveness; and without Jesus’ resurrection, we have no hope of eternal life.
Q: This Easter, I felt kind of a tug in my heart to give God a bigger place in my life. What should I do next?
A: I’m thankful for that “tug” toward God you felt in your heart—and I want to assure you that it didn’t happen by chance. Instead, God gave it to you, and right now He is drawing you to Himself.
Our prayer is that you fully celebrate Easter—by celebrating what Jesus has done for you through His death and resurrection. Do you have a personal relationship with Him?