Redemption!

Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
Job 19:23–27
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Redemption!
In the previous verses we saw Job hit rock bottom.  And as they say, when you hit rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up.  Job not only goes up but he reaches the highest tips of the tallest mountains. With some of the most beautiful words in all of Scripture, Job proclaims the truth of our God.  Our Redeemer lives and He will have the final say.  From the lowest lows to the highest highs, Job’s words have given comfort to countless Christians throughout the ages.  Having seen Job’s plight up to this point his words are even that more remarkable.  Sackcloth and ash, sores and ridicule, death and desertion, none of these are enough to turn Job away from his loving Father.  We likewise, take comfort in these words, for we too know that our Redeemer lives.  We know that our Redeemer’s abandonment upon the cross was so that we would never have to face that reality.  We know that after His death, Jesus stood once again upon this earth in victory over sin, death, and the devil.  And we know that one day, He will return one final time and redeem His people.
 
I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
(LSB 461)
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