“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.”
– Job 19:25 NASB
This is yet another verse taken from the book of Job which helps us think about and understand Jesus Christ better.
Job is the one speaking in this verse, and he is foreseeing the time when the Messiah will come to earth. Remember: Job is very sick and very depressed. He has lost his family and everything he owned. He has even lost his reputation – receiving pity rather than respect from his friends. In the midst of this desolation, He cries out that he knows his Redeemer lives. This is faith worth imitating!
The Old Testament saints knew that God had promised to send someone special who would fix all that had gone wrong in creation since Adam and Eve opened the door to sin. They spoke of this special one many times and in many ways. Yet there were many specifics about this Messiah they did not know. They certainly didn’t expect Him to be crucified before He was ever crowned! For this reason, Jesus was a very controversial figure in the four Gospels of the New Testament…just as He is a very controversial figure still today.
We should not, therefore, think that Job made his statement knowing everything that we know about Jesus. He knew a fraction of what we know about Him. But that fraction was worth a lot because Job trusted it. Similarly, you may feel that you do not know as much about Jesus as you should, but the fraction you know will keep your soul in peace as long as you trust it.
We who have the New Testament can see Messiah taking His stand on the earth. It was the stand of crucifixion…as He stood nailed to the cross. It was the stand of resurrection…as He rose from the dead and stood again among the living. It was the stand of heavenly glory…as He ascended from earth to the right hand of God. And it was and is the eternal stand He takes in the glorious kingdom of God as He rules completely in heaven and on earth. He is the King of the Universe, whom every human being either resists or obeys.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Messiah, thank You for taking Your stand on the earth and in heaven. Let us serve You today, keeping Your commandments…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.