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 19:25-27a
Today’s BibleGateway.com scripture is verse 25 only, but having just used Job 19:23-27 as part of my Easter sermon, I decided to give you a little more.
Notice that Job, likely the oldest book in the Bible, talks about his Redeemer who lives. This is a promise of the coming Messiah who will walk upon the earth, but also the return of the Messiah at the end of time.
But there’s more. It speaks to Job’s resurrection and ours! Job will see his redeemer with his own eyes long after his death! In his own reanimated flesh and blood and with his own eyes, Job will gaze upon the return of the Anointed One.
In the last paragraph of the Apostles’ Creed, we confess that we believe in “communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” In other words, together with Job and countless other faithful ones who believe Jesus died on the cross for the remission of our sins, we will receive our promised bodily and spiritual resurrection when the Lord returns and consummates our salvation. We will be the bride of the Lamb forever!
Our salvation is already and not yet. We are to live resurrection lives, knowing that someday all the living and the dead will be transformed when you return to close out history and open up the doors of eternity.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come! Amen.