“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth.” – Job 19:25
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Job in all his turmoil was able to acknowledge an important truth: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. And, it’s true that He lives!
A redeemer is one who redeems, pays a ransom, buys back land or property, or buys back from slavery. Christ ” gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). We were a people enslaved to sin, and Christ died so that we can live eternally in heaven with Him.
Oh, but the good news is that He didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead, and today He lives! The resurrection is real, my friends. Not many people dispute that Jesus lived. Whether or not one believes the Bible to be the Word of God, it is an historical document that testifies to the life of Jesus. Jewish Rabbis wrote about the life and death of Jesus. Even the Roman historian Tacitus wrote about the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate. It is a fact that Jesus lived, and it’s a fact that He died.
We also know that it is a fact that His tomb was empty. The Jews made up a story about the disciples stealing the body of Jesus (Matthew 28:13). If the tomb had not been empty, there would not be a need for a story to be told about Jesus’ disciples stealing His body.
Additionally, it is a fact that the apostles preached the resurrected Christ (Acts 2:24, 31; 1 Corinthians 15). The apostles risked their lives preaching that Christ had resurrected from the dead. Many of them were stoned, beheaded, or crucified as a result of their preaching. They endangered their lives for their belief that Jesus physically rose from the dead.
The apostle Paul said, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1 Corinthians 15:14). He recognized that the preaching of the cross of Christ would be in vain if Christ had not risen. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). We have hope, friends! Because Christ is risen, we, too, one day will rise again to life anew in Christ Jesus.
Have you done what it takes to have life eternal in Jesus? If not, obey the Lord today: believe that Jesus is Lord (John 8:24), repent of your sins (Acts 2:38), confess that He is Lord (Romans 10:9), and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16). Then you can live a faithful life in service to Him and have the hope of His glorious return.
I know that my Redeemer lives!
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?” – 1 Corinthians 15:55