Intern Matthew Pillman

      “Then Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.’” (John 18:37)

Humans ask many questions… and questions are important. There are different types of questions that we ask. Yes-no questions point to simple facts. Who-what-where questions consider more specific details. Choice questions provide options for the hearer (“Which candy would you like”). Rhetorical questions don’t expect an answer (“Are you serious?!?”). Why questions demand for meaning and purpose.

Chances are you have received or given a why question in the last 24 hours— “But why, Mommy?” or “Why did you draw with marker on our new carpeting?” or “Why can’t I find my wallet?” Many of our big questions in life are why questions— “Why did God take my loved one?” or “Why did our marriage end in divorce” or “Why does God allow sin in the world?”

God knew that we would ask questions like this. In fact, He created us to ask why questions. Through these questions we look for purpose in life. We seek meaning for our existence. We try to understand our place in society. We long to know and to be known. We search for answers that are outside of ourselves.

In our secular culture, every field of study gives a different answer to our purpose questions. The philosopher says our purpose is to answer the questions of life. The sociologist says our purpose is to attain social equilibrium. The scientist says our purpose is to discover everything about the world around us. The doctor says our purpose is to cure all sickness and disease. But what does our Savior say?

Standing before Pilate, Jesus answered a why question that was not even asked. Pilate asked, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered with these profound words, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth.” And then He continues, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” May this be the purpose of our lives in the year 2019—to listen to Jesus, the voice of truth!                                     In Truth,     Matthew Pillman