My Redeemer lives
“Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock. “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! Job 19:23-27
There are people that inscribe Bible verses as epitaph in their tombstone. But this is not what Job had in his mind as expressed from the text. In the midst of what he was dealing, the difficult trials he had been facing, he wanted his testimony about his faith in his Redeemer be preserved to be read by the next generation. He is confident about his belief that his Redeemer lives. The phrase he used “lives” was active participle. It expresses assurance and certainty that in the midst of his trials, he knows that his Creator in the end would reign as planned. The idea of the word “Redeemer” is one who buys back someone who had fallen in the hands of the enemy. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the whole created being had fallen into the bondage of sin. “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” (Romans 5:12). We then became “slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:20). Unless we are freed by someone from the bondage of sin, nothing we could do to free ourselves. Nothing would suffice but to provide the sacrifice necessary through the perfect Son of God. “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners” (Romans 5:6). It is only by God laying aside His only begotten Son that would redeem us. “In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them” (Isaiah 63:9). This is what Job envisioned that one day he will see his Redeemer face to face. For Job and for every believer before and after him there is a divine Redeemer. For us in our time His name is Jesus, and at the last day he will stand up and defend us because he has bought us with his blood. “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7). God has done it and it will never be undone. Just like Job, we who had placed our lives in His hand when we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior will one day see the fulfillment of the assurance that we have. “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:10).