Finding the question to the answer 42
So according to Douglas Adams and google the answer to “life the universe and everything” is 42. There is a whole bunch of interesting facts about this number, check them out here, be warned though, that video is pretty nerdy. But truth be told the answer is lacking, there is no real substance to the answer, and not knowing the question that goes with it leaves us still very confused. There may be a part of us that really wishes we could just accept the answer as 42 and move on with our lives. Personally I think that was part of Douglas Adams point. Pretty much as if he was saying;
“We don’t know the answer to the question but who cares? It doesn’t matter. Stop thinking about it!”
But try as we might, by virtue of the fact that so many over the years have asked the question speaks of something deeper within us. It is an echo of eternity within out hearts reminding us of something of far more importance than what the world is trying to sell. Truth be told, we ask this question because we are CREATED to do so. So allow me to introduce you to the REAL question and answer that literally changes lives…
Luke 9:20 – Then he (Jesus) said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
ESV version. Brackets mine.
That one simple verse contains a question that changes lives. Why? Because the answer to it, determines our eternal destiny. The answer is, as Peter says, that Jesus is the Christ of God. By which he is saying the he is the Saviour of mankind. The one who’s righteousness is imputed onto us if we cry out to him for forgiveness. The great redeemer. The ones who rescues us from our sins and gives us new life. That is Peter’s answer. That is the answer of all Christians who believe and trust in Jesus. Those who have found true meaning to life, to the universe and to everything. The world sure tries to distract us with other questions, other meaning to life, other places to find significance but none are as sure and as serious as the question and answer we find in Luke 9:20 above.