That number, 42, is well-known to some.

The famous Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

(Seriously, Google “the answer to life the universe and everything.”)

I am reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy right now and just got to the saga of the super computer.

“Never again,” cried the man, “never again will we wake up in the morning and think Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don’t get up and go to work? For today we will finally learn once and for all the plain and simple answer to all these nagging little problems of Life, the Universe and Everything!”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Chapter 27

The answer to the ultimate question was 42.



Considering the fact Deep Thought required 7.5 million years to calculate that answer, to say it was disappointing would be to say nothing.

“…I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”

A slow stupefied silence crept over the men as they stared at the computer and then at each other.

“Well, you know, it’s just Everything… everything…” offered Phouchg weakly.

“Exactly!” said Deep Thought. “So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Chapter 28

What is the standard answer to most of the Sunday School questions?


We learn that by heart and in a way… that answer sometimes just becomes a habit.

We know the right answer is Jesus, but what I have seen in my life – I sometimes forget that He’s not just a right answer for a Sunday School question.

He’s more than an answer from the joke about a squirrel.

More than a crossword puzzle 5-letter word.

More than an empty number that means nothing and provides no hope.

Instead, this name – the name above all names, as we sing in the song – is really the Answer.

It is Christmas here in CIS today.

The time when the Answer came.

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