Why Do I Hope?

Job:Our Redeemer Lives

blog tombb796a201f64ff34f04fe09f604ff0ae4--easter-crafts-crafts-for-kidsJob speaks of his redeemer by eyes of faith. He spoke of Jesus, God the Son.

“For I know that my redeemer liveth,

and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”  Job 19:25-27.

You can’t be bought? Tommy Johnson could be and he was. Have you ever seen the movie, “O,Brother Where Art Thou?” I admit it. I have. Tommy Johnson tells Ulysses, Delmar, and Pete that he met the devil at midnight, “to sell my soul to the devil.”

The price? “To play the guitar real good.”

The man in Jesus’ parable sold his soul for a new barn.

Adam and Eve sold theirs for a taste of evil.

  • Why do we need a living Redeemer?
  • What difference did it make to Job?
  • What difference does it make to us?

The sad news, Adam and Eve’s taste of evil poisoned the image of God in them. All born after them inherited that same taste for evil, the taste for usurping God’s throne.

If left to our own devices, eternal death not eternal life is our inheritance, despair not hope. We need a living Redeemer to buy us back from evil and restore the image of God in us. We need Someone to stand for us because we have fallen. We need Someone to acquit us of the guilty charges against us. We need Someone able to pay the price for our fall and the power to raise us up. We need Jesus.

The Cost of the Fall Greater than our Resources.

In Adam and Eve:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17.

All People are Fallen:

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12.

The redemption price meant the death of one innocent of sin. The first blood sacrifice pointed to the final blood sacrifice. Jesus is that One.

For Adam and Eve: Their clothes of fig leaves couldn’t buy it.

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21.

For All People: Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God, is the payment.

“WHO DID NO SIN, NEITHER WAS GUILE FOUND IN HIS MOUTH.” 1 Peter 2:22.

“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” 1John 3:5.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:14.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…

But with the precious blood of Christ

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

1 Peter 1:18a, 19.

Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God, paid the price of redemption with His own death. He bought our forgiveness by taking our death upon Himself. But His death could not complete the transaction. He had to have the power to raise us up, raise the dead to life. His resurrection showed this power.

“No man taketh it from me,

but I lay it down of myself.

I have power to lay it down and

I have power to take it again.

This commandment have I received of my Father.”

John 10:18.

“But now is Christ risen from the dead,

and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death,

by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,

even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

1 Corinthians 15:20-22.

Because Job knew his redeemer lived:

  • He had hope in suffering;
  • hope of vindication from the accusations of his friends if not in this life the next.
  • He had comfort
  • He had reason to endure.

Because we know our Redeemer lives.

  • We have reason to endure suffering and trials.
  • We can do so knowing these will end.
  • We have comfort.
  • We have a future hope and a present help.

This is why I hope and in whom I hope.

“For I know that my redeemer liveth

and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:…” 

Do you know this hope or are your days filled with fear and uncertainty?

Stay tuned for more on Job.

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