“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Job 19:25-27, NIV
One of the amazing things about the Bible is how different writers at different times in history were all giving the same message in different ways! Here, in what is believed to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, Job is given revelation by the Holy Spirit – not just of the first coming of Jesus – but also that Job will live again and that he will see his Redeemer with his own eyes.
The words “I know that my Redeemer lives” are an extraordinary declaration that God will become the Redeemer of mankind – which is exactly what happened when Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead. The Redeemer was alive again – raised to life and raised to glory.
But then those words that Job will see his Redeemer “with his own eyes” are an amazing prophetic declaration that those who know their Redeemer will also be raised again with him after their earthly body (their skin) has been destroyed.
This is the certain hope of the believer, in a prophetic nutshell written hundreds of years before Jesus came. And as we look around a world in which there are so many dire and desperate situations it’s easy to agree with Job when he says that his “heart yearns within” him for that moment. And those words exactly echo the words of John, at the end of Revelation when he says, “Amen, come Lord Jesus”. For those who know their Redeemer there is nothing to fear in the coming again of the Lord – that will be a glorious moment, when our eyes at last will see Him!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that throughout Scripture the glorious truth of Jesus our Redeemer is proclaimed to all the world. Help me, Lord, never to forget that your return, when we will see you with our own eyes will, for believers, be a glorious moment – one that our hearts long for! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.