42

In a 1979 novel by Douglas Adams, a massive, earth-sized super-computer figured out, over 7.5 million years, that the answer to life’s greatest question is “42.” Unfortunately in the story, no one knows what the question is; this is life’s great Jeopardy. Fortunately for us, God has shared both the answer and the question to life’s meaning and significance.

Throughout the ages, mankind has exhibited an almost subconscious yearning for eternal life. It seems like humans were made for long life, if not eternal life. At the same time, we also recognize the heartache and pain that consumes this earthly existence—death, abuse, holocaust, natural disasters. So it would seem that a long life would only be filled with more pain. What would be the point of eternal life if it only meant experiencing the full onslaught of human destruction for the duration of eternity?

This is exactly the question that Jesus came to answer. The night before He was crucified, Jesus erased the tension between living forever and the purpose of humankind; Jesus taught, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Apart from the one true God, human existence is futile and meaningless.

Earlier that same night, Jesus expanded upon this theme when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). In essence, the only way to have meaning in life is to know the one true God; but the only way to know God is through Jesus. Therefore, God provided a means for all mankind to escape an existence of eternal death. In fact, the Bible explains that while the wages of sin is death, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Would you like to know more about how God’s gift of eternal life—a life of meaning, purpose, and joy—can be received into your life?

Hope Baptist Church
PO Box 2481
Loveland, CO 80539
Email: info@hopebaptistcolorado.org

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