Health & Spirit

Why do I need Jesus?

By Billy Graham, Tribune Content Agency on

Q: My friend keeps telling me that I need Jesus, but I don't understand what he means. Why do I need Jesus? -- Z.T.

A: I'm thankful for your friend's concern; he obviously cares about you, and he senses that something is missing in your life -- something only God can supply. I pray that you'll take your friend's concern seriously.

Why do you need Jesus? You need Him first of all because you need His salvation. You see, you aren't here by accident; God created you, and He put you here for a reason. In fact, He loves you, and life's greatest joy comes from knowing that God is your friend, and that He is with you every day. I often quote Jesus' words: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10).

The problem is that we have ignored God and gone our own way, and as a result we are separated from Him -- both now and in eternity. The Bible calls this "sin" -- and our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven and cleansed. But how can this happen? Only God can forgive us -- and He made this possible by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world for us. By His death on the cross Jesus took upon Himself the judgment that you and I deserve. God loves you that much!

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But you also need Jesus for your life right now. You need His guidance and wisdom, and you also need His comfort and hope when hard times come (and they will). You also need strength to avoid temptations that will destroy you, and you need His help to live as you should. By a simple prayer of faith turn to Jesus and give your life to Him today.


(Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:



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