We have been reading the book of Job along with Revelation as we complete our reading of the Bible in one year.
In Job 19, we read the beautiful words of Job, spoken while he was writhing in pain with boils all over his body, after his children were all killed and his fortunes destroyed overnight.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.Job 19:25-27
What absolute confidence Job exhibited! After all the hardship that came to him at the hand of Satan, Job still was confident that he would see God because his Redeemer lives.
In these days of unrest, of uncertainty, of confusion and of fear, we too can have the confidence of Job. We, too, know that our Redeemer lives. We celebrate Christmas as the birth of our Redeemer in a manger in Bethlehem. But that child did not remain a little baby. He grew into a man who showed us the face of God, the personality of God, the love of God and the compassion of God. He lived a sinless life that we could not possibly live and He died the death that our sin required. Because of His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, we are saved from the wrath of God because of our sin. When we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, come to Christ and cling to Him as our Redeemer through faith in Him, we can truly say that we “know that our Redeemer lives”.
The book of Revelation is full of prophesy and description of wondrous and terrifying events that will occur at the end of time. It is certainly a difficult book to read and understand and there is much disagreement about what the various images portend, but the power, glory and holiness of God is written throughout its text. In chapter 15 we read these words:
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”Revelation 15:3-4
The resurrection of Jesus Christ put an end to the supremacy of death for those who believe, through faith, in Jesus as their Redeemer. No longer is death the end; physical death occurs because we are mortal and our bodies succumb to various illnesses. During the worldwide pandemic, death from COVID 19 has occurred all too frequently. Great and amazing are the works of our God.
But, praise the Lord physical death is not the end for the Christian. No, as Job said we will see the Lord in our physical bodies. The resurrection of the Lord gave proof to Job’s statement – many people saw the resurrected Jesus.
Beloved, don’t let the activities of this world torment you. If you believe in Jesus as your Redeemer, Savior, and if you have faith that He is the Son of God, you will see Job in Heaven and you, too, can say I know that my Redeemer lives!
Here is Amanda Powell with the APOLLO’S FIRE | The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra singing “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” from Handel’s Messiah. Let the beauty of Job’s words comfort your heart and soul as you remember that Jesus is alive today and that He is interceding for you before God. Praise His holy name!
Father, thank You for the Bible and for the wonderful words of the ancient book of Job. Thank You for sending Jesus to be our Redeemer and for raising Him from the dead as the guarantee that we, too, will see Him in our flesh. Father, You are the Almighty God and we give You praise and thanks for Your wondrous works.