The Redeemer Lives!

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.  Job 19:25....."That which I refuse to thank Christ for, I refuse to believe Christ can redeem.....I am convinced there is nothing You won't redeem." Ann Voskamp

 

"My Redeemer lives!" This is the statement of the one who puts their hope in Christ alone. It was the cry of Job in the midst of his loss of everything. It was the cry of Jonah in the belly of a fish. Of Joseph in his prison cell, David in his cave, and Daniel in the lion's den. Is it the heart cry of you an me?

So many of us live under the tyranny of "dread." As I heard Beth Moore put it, "Dread will always discount grace and faith." It paralyzes us. Grips us. Holds us in chains. The enemy specializes in assaulting us with it. It robs us of His joy, peace, hope. It steals our today and our tomorrow. It reduces our lives to a dull ache, lived out  every day, with every day being the same. Someone said that, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." This is not to be the description of they who are in Christ. Yet too often it is. Circumstances, the actions of others, and our seeming powerlessness in the midst of it all, make not only for a life of dread, but of hopelessness, emptiness, and a resignation to living under the power of death, instead of the Lord of Life.

 

We are born into this fallen world possessing fallen lives. Sin entered this world in the Garden, and it has tainted everything with its destructive power. Nothing is immune to it, including you and I. Hence our need of a redeemer, one who would do for us what we could never do for ourselves; deliver us from the power of sin. This Redeemer is Jesus Christ the King. Through His death on the cross and resurrection from that death, He broke the power of sin, and redeemed all who would believe upon Him from its power and hold. His victory becomes our victory as we by faith, enter into His Life. Yet, we will continue to live in a fallen world, surrounded by fallen people, and under the rule of fallen governments. Pain, loss, tragedy, death, are still a part of life in this realm, and His people will still be touched by all of it. But in Him, we need be defeated by none of it.

This is where Voskamp's words hold such meaning. We need to know that there is nothing, not even the most tragic, unfair, unwanted, and crippling circumstances and situations that He cannot take hold of and redeem. Job recovered fully from his loss. Jonah came out of the belly of the fish. Joseph was set free from his prison. Daniel was untouched by the lions. Job declared, "I know that my Redeemer lives," and it was upon Him that they placed their hope and trust. They knew that what held them in the moment could not hold them forever. It could not because He did. And He could and would take "the worst that could happen", and redeem it. He did it perfectly in Christ, and He continues to do so today. Can you and I trust Him to do so with our own "worst that could happen" times?

Wherever you find yourself today, no matter how dark, terrifying, and dread filled, can you believe in that place that your Redeemer lives? Can you believe that there is nothing in your life, nothing that has happened, and nothing that you have done or had done to you that He cannot and will not redeem? The Redeemer lives. Yours and my Redeemer lives. For you, for me. He lives! That makes all the difference.

 

Blessings,
Pastor O

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