Tomorrow is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was dead, but now He is alive! In my Bible reading today I read Job 17-19. The verses that stood out to me were 19:25-26, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God.”
Job knew that no matter how bad his problems were on earth (and they were bad), that after death, he would rise again bodily at the end, because of God, his Redeemer.
I have problems. We all have problems. What’s our biggest problem? We all have a death sentence: we all die. The problem centers around what death is, and what happens after our life is over.
The biggest problem I had in my life was that I was not perfect. I was not able to do the right thing 100% of the time. God says that if you can’t meet this standard, you cannot go to heaven when you die. I owed a debt to God. You have heard people say that criminals are in jail “paying their debt to society.” It’s the same idea: we have wronged God by not doing the right thing 100% of the time. As such, none of us are worthy to go to heaven.
Here’s where God stepped in. Ephesians 2:4 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…” Jesus Christ died to pay the debt that we owe God. Three days later, He rose from the grave, alive again! Job knew that he would see his Redeemer with his physical eyes at some point in the future. Job trusted in God and in His Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Do you know what will happen to you after your body is destroyed?
The lesson I learned from Job’s statement is this: I have problems, but my biggest problem is gone forever. No matter how bad it gets for me in this life, I know that at the end all my problems will go away and I will stand with Christ my Redeemer.