You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32

At a recent Bible study a member asked, “What is the REAL meaning of life?” No one at the table could answer the question! And yet, it is a question often asked.

Shakespeare’s MacBeth gave us one answer. In his famous soliloquy MacBeth tells us, “Out, out brief candle/Life’s but a walking shadow … a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/and, then, is heard no more.” Further MacBeth says “It’s a tale told by an idiot!/Full of sound and fury—signifying nothing!”

Is MacBeth, and by extension Shakespeare, correct? Is life nothing but a shadow having no substance, no meaning? For the Christian, the believer, the answer is no! Jesus tells us that the meaning of life is found in our relationship with God.

Oh, there may be sound and fury in our lives, but we know that God so loved us that he sent his only Son into the world to save us. This is the Good News of the Gospel. Jesus faced trials and tribulations like most of us. Jesus turned these adversities into meaningful life lessons for our lives.

In John 8:32 is a great lesson for us at this season of Lent. “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” We are the children of God.

Father, may they have a close, intimate relationship with you. May they live under your protection. Amen.

Mike Turner 

About the Contributor

Mike and his wife Ann are members of First Presbyterian Spartanburg. Eleven years ago he was commissioned as a Ruling Elder to serve as Pastor of Unity Presbyterian.