Our Redeemer Lives

25    For I know that my Redeemer lives,

and at the last he will stand upon the earth.

26    And after my skin has been thus destroyed,

yet in my flesh I shall see God, [1]

This week we have been considering the fact that we as sojourners on earth are looking for the return of Christ.  We have also been considering the fact that we don’t passively sit and wait as if we are in a scene from Star Trek saying, “Beam me up Scotty!”

Today as we consider a passage from Job, we find that even way back then, there was always this eternal perspective that caused people to push on, in spite of grim circumstances.  Though at this juncture in his life, Job would soon die, he anticipated a Redeemer who lives and acts on behalf of those in need and trust in him.

Job actually speaks here in terms that we can understand best from the perspective of the New Testament.  Even though Job’s understanding of God’s eternal plan for the redemption of his people through the atoning death of Christ was limited, it does not diminish the truth of the statement.

For Job and every believer before and after him there is a divine Redeemer.  We know his name is Jesus, and on the last day he will stand up and defend us because he has bought us with his blood.  Like Job at this juncture in life you may not feel much like pushing on.  However, let’s find encouragement today that we too, anticipate a Redeemer who lives and acts on our behalf.  Let’s trust in him today.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Job 19:25–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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