Job was given powerful prophetic revelation that has relevance for every believer. My redeemer lives is a declaration of faith for the present, but it also speaks of the second coming of Jesus in power and glory, our hope for the future.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25)
Many believers deliberately avoid the book of Job because they don’t want to be reminded that God allows things to happen in our lives that aren’t pleasant or comfortable. We prefer to live imagining that we’re somehow exempt from trials and suffering because God loves us too much to let anything bad happen. When the proverbial hits the fan, all too often we either get despondent or lash out at God – just like Job did. But there is some powerfully encouraging stuff in this book. Aside from providing a very real glimpse into the truth of human nature and our response to God, it contains what is possibly the most powerful revelation of who and what God is in the final chapters. It challenges us on so many levels – can we, like Job, declare that ‘my redeemer lives’ in the midst of terrible suffering?
My redeemer lives is powerfully prophetic.
Despite his obvious human weaknesses, Job was a man of God. That’s why Satan – prompted by God – targeted him. What this meant was that, even in his distress and crisis of faith, God provided revelatory insight that were supernatural and therefore prophetic. Beneath all the pain and heartache, Job’s faith still operated and he was able to receive spiritual truth. Today’s verse is a powerful prophetic statement that points directly to Christ. It’s remarkable that Job was able to declare this with such certainty, because he could not have known the full import of this truth. From a New Testament perspective, we can look back on Job and see him in the light of the cross, but he had none of this knowledge. He knew the reality, however, of my redeemer lives. He knew that God is living and real and would one day stand upon the earth.
It’s the ‘other side’ truth that we mustn’t miss, the one that’s less obvious. In acknowledging God as his redeemer, Job also acknowledged that he needed a redeemer. What we see in Job is a man of God but, like many of us, a self-sufficient man of God. He was good, worshiped God, and was concerned for the spiritual welfare of his children. In all the required rituals and sacrifices, he was committed and faithful. But it took calamity and tribulation to bring him to the place where he acknowledged his insufficiency. His realised need for a redeemer enabled him to receive the truth of my redeemer lives. In addition, He received the prophetic revelation of the coming of Christ. In the moment of his greatest weakness, Job was given the greatest revelation. He caught a glimpse of the power and majesty of the cross and eternity.
The present and future of my redeemer lives.
For us as believers, today’s verse has powerful significance. It is both a present truth as well as a prophetic truth. The first concerns the here and now. It is the victory cry for every believer in every trial. My redeemer lives is a declaration of power, a release of the truth of the cross. We do not serve a dead saviour but a risen, triumphant king. This is our reminder of who we are in Christ and what He accomplished for us at Calvary. It’s our assurance that Satan has already been defeated, that the grave is empty and our redeemer reigns at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes continually on our behalf. Because our redeemer lives, we live also in Him – not the natural, weak, and fleshly life but the glorious resurrection life of Jesus. His life has already triumphed over death.
The future of my redeemer lives looks forward to eternity. It is the prophetic reminder of the second coming of Christ in victory and glory. We have something to look forward to, something to focus on when things get dark and our faith takes a beating. The knowledge that the holy kingdom of God will come to earth in the manifest person of Christ in all His glory reminds us of our present victory. It’s our encouragement to hold on and stand firm. We live in an eternal kingdom that can never be shaken. The rule of our king will one day sweep aside all darkness, evil, and suffering. All that we endure now will pass away. Every slight, every hurt, and every infirmity will end. He will stand one day upon the earth and nothing we endure will matter in the light of His love and majesty.
The power contained in my redeemer lives.
This is a declaration of power. It is present-prophetic and future-prophetic, which means that it is the Logos and Rhema Word of God. It’s a truth that contains the power for victory in every situation. The moment we declare my redeemer lives, we’re declaring the victory of the cross over every single circumstance, trial, or obstacle. We remind ourselves and the enemy that the battle has already been won. It’s a way to enforce the power of the cross that has already overcome. Our resurrected, risen Lord is the very foundation of our faith. It’s worth remembering that God spoke with Job and powerfully revealed the magnitude and power of the I AM. If we can speak these words and mean them, we open ourselves to full revelation of God and the supernatural life He has purchased for us.
Lord, we are humbled when we consider Your Word and the power it contains. Thank You that we can learn from others and discern the truth that sets us free to walk in the life You give. Help us to keep hold of the truth and to declare that our redeemer lives. Help us to hold fast to the present and future promise that this holds, so that we can reveal the power and glory and majesty of Your coming kingdom even in the midst of our trials.