Then Job answered and said:
“Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
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 19:1, 23-27a ESV
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:51-57 ESV
Mrs. Lee had a beautiful diamond necklace that her mother had given her. One day when she wasn’t home, some robbers broke into her house. They stole her diamond necklace. Mrs. Lee was really sad about this. But a few weeks later she was walking by a pawn shop window and saw the same necklace there. The robbers had sold it to the pawn shop. She went into the shop and bought the necklace back. To buy something back is called to redeem it.
Job was at a very low point, and he was very angry and sad. But God had helped Job believe in the promised Savior, and now he remembered. Job believed that no matter what bad things happened to him, God’s promised Savior would come and buy him back for God. Job and all people had fallen away from God into sin, and because of that, we all have to die. But Job believed that death wasn’t the end. The promised Savior would come and redeem him. Because of that, even after Job died, he would see God in his own body that God would make new.
We know that the promised Savior is Jesus. Jesus didn’t pay money to buy us back for God, but he gave his life on the cross. That wasn’t the end for him, though. He rose again on the first Easter morning. Because of this, we can be sure that even though we have troubles, and even though in the end we will have to die, that won’t be the end for us. We will see God after we die, and in the end he will make our bodies new–bodies that will live forever!
Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to bring us back to God, and for rising from the dead so that we can live forever with you. Amen