Lesson for the Lord’s Day

For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job 19:25

When the Lord’s people gather on a Lord’s Day to remember the Lord’s death, we do so, not as those who would gather for an earthly memorial to sadly commemorate the eternal passing of a great person. No, the backdrop for our remembrance is not one of grief but of rejoicing. Job reminds us that we remember not the dead but the living. All the great memorials of earth do not have this hope. That is why the remembrance of the death of the Lord Jesus is so special. The One we gather to remember is not only living but is with us for the remembrance.

As precious as is our consideration today that the Lord Jesus – He who once was dead – is today living, we have also the wonderful anticipation that He is yet to come back to this earth to stand upon it once again. His glorious kingdom will come, and all who live here will acknowledge His righteousness and His lordship. He will be given His rightful place, the place that was denied Him when He first came. Only a tiny remnant today accord Him that place of lordship and supremacy. And we recall with shame and yet with thanksgiving how willingly He entered into rejection and despising so that He might become our Redeemer.

In the verses that precede today’s text, Job speaks of desiring that his words were written in a book and also were graven in rock forever. some commentators believe that Job was desiring that his words would be written on his tomb, so that all who saw it would acknowledge that Job was anticipating the resurrection. We don’t know if that happened, but we do know that many of those who have died in our own time have had written on their tombstones the words ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’. This is surely a precious thought for each believer. The One who suffered so much at Calvary, and laid down His life there for us came forth with power from death’s dark domain and is alive forevermore. And we whose mortal frames must surely die because of our sin can rejoice in the knowledge that we will also rise again in the power of Jesus resurrection.

The book of Job is the oldest in our Bible. And it contains the truth that our Redeemer liveth. This truth adds to the sweetness of the New Testament words: This do in remembrance of Me. -Jim MacIntosh

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