Today's Reading: Job 19:23-27
I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job 19:21-23 NKJV)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Job saw it. He rejoiced to see that day, the day of Jesus' resurrection. By faith Job trusted in His yet-to-arrive Redeemer, but he knew by faith that His day would come. But not just that day--he rejoiced to see the Last Day. Job trusted what would happen on that Day: he'd rise from the dead.
Job knew death and suffering. He didn't just have to deal with a cold like we all do. No, all his children died, all his wealth was taken away, and he had boils and was suffering. He had nothing--not even his health! His wife's only advice: "Curse God and die!" (Job 2:9)
He would die. He knew he would. You'll die, too. You know that, too, don't you? It could be from a storm, someone could kill you, there could be an accident, or maybe it'll be cancer, a heart attack, or just old age. But whatever the cause, the fact remains: one day you will breathe your last. What then? Are you just worm food, destined to rot away and become dust? Is that coffin in a truly your final resting place?
Far from it! What Job saw by faith distantly in the horizon, we see by faith in the rearview mirror: Jesus' death and resurrection. The Lord-who-saves isn't unacquainted with death. He died. He breathed His last. On that day, His heart ran out of beats. Then three days later, He came back to life. He was dead, and now He's not dead anymore! He will never die again.
You, too! Oh, your heart may stop beating one day, but you're in Jesus--baptized into Him. You've already died and risen! His death and resurrection are already yours, and so on the Last Day your dead body won't be dead anymore, your flesh won't be dust anymore, and you will, once again, be filled with breath and life--not just for a little bit but forever.
Job died. You will die. Jesus died and then came back to life. You will, too! Job will, too! Your Redeemer lives, and you'll live forever with Him. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen
I know that my Redeemer lives; What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my everliving head. (I Know that My Redeemer Lives, LSB 461:1)