in John's Gospel -- Part 2
True Meaning of Life
By: A.J. Higgins, M.D.
Four centuries before the birth of Christ, Socrates said
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
Tragically, almost two and a half millennia have passed
and still few will examine life for its true meaning. As
Henry David Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of
Now this is not to say that there is not a lot of
outward activity professedly seeking for the meaning to
life. From philosopher to philanthropist, recluse to
rake, many claim to be examining their lives. But the
sad result in some cases is nothing more than a
self-centered, self-willed life that professes to have
found its "own thing" to do.
Opponents of true Christianity have often claimed that
"blind faith" is the worst example of the
unexamined life. With self-assuring cynicism they point
to the Christian who follows the teachings of the Bible
and label him unthinking, out of date, senseless. But
does the true Christian deserve such titles? Is he
living an unexamined life?
point to the Christian and label him...
Picture the scene that unfolds before us in John
1:35-51. John the Baptist had stood the previous day and
pointed men to the Lamb of God, the bearer away of the
sin of the world. Eloquent testimony was given by the
Baptist to Christ's preeminence (v. 30), eternity (v.
30), and diety (v. 34). The next day John is seen with
two of his disciples and again points to Christ while
pronouncing: "Behold the Lamb of God" (v. 36).
The two disciples forsake their mentor, John, for the
Word, the forerunner of the Sovereign. They now follow
But mindless, aimless following was never purposed by
God. The Lord Jesus turned and asked them "What
seek ye?" Herein lies the essence of the examined
"What seek ye?" is a question with as much
relevance to twentieth century man as when first posed
to John and Andrew, Galilean fishermen of the first
century. The moral courage and honesty needed to ask and
answer such a question are no common commodities.
Selfishness, materialism, hedonism, and a host of other
"isms" have obscured life's values and
following was never purposed by God...
ultimate purpose...is...relationship with the Son of
The response of John and Andrew was simple yet
revealing: "Master, where dwellest thou." They
recognized that the ultimate purpose for which each man
has been created is a personnal relationship with the
Son of God. Under the Old Covenant Jehovah had directed
His people Israel to a place, His dwelling center in
Jerusalem. Under the New Covenant, a person supersedes
all places. True satisfaction in life can only be found
in Christ. Many substitutes try to approximate it, but
reality is known by those who have found Him.
This relationship begins, not in the ritual of religion,
but by the look of a sin burdened soul to the Lamb of
God bearing away the sin of the world (v. 24). It leads
to a changed life (v. 42), a desire to spread the
reality of God's good news to others (v. 41, 45), and to
a new perspective of the world and the coming One (v.
It is in the context of this redemptive relationship
with Lord Jesus Christ that man finds the true meaning