Those who seek proof need to con­sult the Bi­ble

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FROM THE WRIT­INGS OF THE REV. BILLY GRA­HAM TRI­BUNE CON­TENT AGENCY

Q: I read that Larry King was once asked which his­tor­i­cal fig­ure he would most want to in­ter­view, and his an­swer was Je­sus. I won­der why since Larry King is Jew­ish?

— I.J.

A: Je­sus was a Jew. His mes­sage of love and for­give­ness was given first to the Jew­ish na­tion. This is why Paul, also a Jew, said in Ro­mans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to sal­va­tion for ev­ery­one who be­lieves, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (the rest of the world).

Paul was born Saul (a Jew­ish name) but was given the gen­tile name of Paul be­cause he would carry Christ’s mes­sage of sal­va­tion to all peo­ple.

With each Christ­mas we are re­minded of the very an­swer: Over 2,000 years ago Je­sus was born of a vir­gin (Luke 1:27). The an­gels re­joiced in the pres­ence of the shep­herds in the fields watch­ing their flocks by night. With haste, the shep­herds made their way to Beth­le­hem, the city of David, and glo­ri­fied God for the Babe ly­ing in the manger (Luke 2).

Much of the world chal­lenges this mes­sage that has en­dured. They want proof, yet deny the his­tor­i­cal ev­i­dence. They want to talk to Je­sus per­son­ally. The good news is that they can know the ev­i­dence; they can talk to Christ one-on-one.

Ev­ery­one that asks, “How can we know Him?” can find the an­swer in the Bi­ble be­cause “God has shown it to them” (Ro­mans 1:19). This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

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