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Life… What’s the Point?


F. B Meyer was a well known Baptist preacher of the early 20th Century. He was the pastor of a number of churches, and spoke at great Christian Conventions, and conducted evangelistic crusades throughout the world. In one of his sermons, Meyer told a story about a young man, the nephew of a preacher, who was tormented with a great doubt as to the value of human life, and of his own life in particular. You can understand what tormented him. We are born. We get educated, we prepare for a career, we marry and have a family, we retire, and we die. The young man often wondered what the point of life really was.

One day, he wandered into his uncle’s study as he prepared a sermon. “What are you preaching on?” the young man asked. ‘Oh’ said the preacher, “I’m preparing a sermon on the answer of Jesus to Pontius Pilate in John 18:37. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.” “Uncle,” said the young man, “What was I was born for?” “Well,” said the uncle, “That’s more than I would know.” “The same with me,” replied the young man, and wandered out into the street, wondering as he walked along what was the purpose of his own life and what opportunities life would bring him. He had not gone very far when he saw a crowd of people standing outside a theatre and asked someone, “What’s the matter in there?” “There’s a fire inside, and the passage is choked up and the people can’t get out.”

The young fellow was strong and athletic. Throwing off his coat, he plunged in and dragged out one after another from the seething mass of people and laid them down on the footpath, until there were thirteen people lying there, and the ambulance came and took them to the hospital. He plunged in for the fourteenth time, but was struck by a piece of falling timber and so badly hurt that he lost consciousness. They dragged him out, and he, too, was taken to the hospital. He whispered that they should send for his uncle.

When the minister arrived he was just in time to bend over his nephew’s bed and catch his last words: “Uncle, This is why I was born, and this is the cause for which I came into the world – that I might save those thirteen people!”

F B Meyer used that story to explain why Christ was born at Bethlehem, and why he went to the Cross, and died, when he alone had done no wrong. It was to save people from their sin, and from eternal separation from God! Jesus himself said in Luke’s Gospel, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” So, if we want to know the real meaning and purpose of life. We should get to know Jesus for ourselves!

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