The writer of Ecclesiastes demonstrates that life is like one big pendulum, depicting the ebb and flow of life. There are ups and downs, highs and lows. Times to laugh, times to weep. Times to build, times to destroy. Times to be born, times to die. Every positive thing seems to be counteracted with something negative, making the sum total of it all zero. Meaningless.
And yet, we all have this sense that there has to be meaning beyond the meaningless. We just can’t quite make sense of it all. God’s answer is, “Yes, that’s right. You can’t!” Because He wants us to come to Him on His terms. He wants us to understand that we can only find meaning in Himself, not in the ebbs and flows. In Acts 17, Paul points us to the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this resurrection that gives us meaning and significance. Without the Cross, everything does become meaningless.