Revisitng Job’s Redeemer
Not only does He live, He lives forever.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth…”
“Fear not, I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:17a,18
“he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth…”
This raises the questions:
- Is this true?
- Will Jesus return to earth?
- Why? When?
To the first question, “Yes, it’s true.” But who am I that you would take my word for it? You don’t know me nor possibly those I reference. Maybe you don’t even believe there is a God. At first glance, you may be tempted to dismiss this altogether. Please, hang around long enough to at least consider the possibility.
Some estimate the Old Testament contains 300 prophetic passages concerning the Messiah. (From freebiblestudyguides.org, a product of the United Church of God.)
Another site, jesusfilm.org/blog-and-stories/old-testament-prophecies.html, listed the possibility of Jesus fulfilling 8 of those prophecies being 1 in 1017 . Check out their site for an illustration of that number.
Yet, Jesus of Nazareth, fulfilled the 8 and all concerning His first appearance. If He fulfilled all the others, and He did, why should it be hard to believe He will fulfill those concerning the latter days?
If you’re not sure, investigate the claims. If you are sure, you know we have been living in the latter days since the cross. In these latter days, Jesus will come again.
After His death and resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days speaking to His followers about the kingdom of God before ascending to the Father.
His followers watched.
“And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven
as he went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner
as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Right now Jesus has gone to,
“prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.”
For His followers He comes to take us to be with Him forever. For those who have rejected Him only one thing awaits. The apostle John describes the scene in Revelation 20: 11-15.
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away;
and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great
stand before God;
and the books were opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged
out of those things which were written in the books,
according to their works…
And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.”
Only one work qualifies your name to be in the book of life.
“Jesus answered and said unto them,
This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
One day we all shall see Him.
“Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him:
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
Even so, Amen.”
When will that day be?
“And he said unto them,
It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father hath put in his own power.”
Matthew chapter 24 gives an account of events surrounding the latter days and the end of time if you want to investigate it further.
What Jesus tells us is,
for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…
Therefore be ye also ready:
for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh…
for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.”
He waits because of His love for us, His desire for us.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9.
While His followers wait there is a work to be done.
- “Ye are the salt of the earth…
- Ye are the light of the world…
- Let your light so shine before men,
- that they may see your good works,
- and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16.
May we follow Jesus’ example when He says,
“I must work the works of him that sent me,
while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world,
I am the light of the world.”
Why do I write these things?
“But these are written,
that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
and that believing
ye might have life through his name.”
Do you have the living Redeemer who will stand in the end for you? You can. Remember, He, also, stands for His own now.