Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Job
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27
At Grace Christian Fellowship we have been going through this amazing Book bit by bit, and it is full of wonderful spiritual gems, but these couple of verses are the crème de la crème of this Book. Job is suffering far more than any human (other than Jesus Christ) has suffered. He has lost his wealth, his servants have been murdered, all of his children (and probably grandchildren) have died, and he is stricken with a horrifying and deadly skin disease (possibly black leprosy). And to top it off, his three so-called ‘friends’ are NOT encouraging him at all, rather they are blaming and criticizing him unmercifully.
Yet, despite all the hardship that Job is experiencing, he bursts forth with this wonderful ray of hope – which is also very prophetic concerning Christ. Job is confident that no matter what happens to him, whether he lives or dies, whether he is relieved of his agony or suffers with it until his eventual death, his Redeemer – his Savior – will one day come to this earth and will rule and reign forever. He is confident – not in himself, his goodness, nor his own righteousness – that he will have the joyful experience of seeing the Lord face to face, which theologians call the ‘beatific vision’. Even in his pain, Job yearns for that glorious day! And all who have come to faith in Christ have the peaceful assurance that we will see our Lord face to face one day also – not because of our own goodness or righteousness – but only because of the righteousness of Christ that has been imparted into us through our spiritual conversion/transformation. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed (Happy/content/at peace) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. And remember, ‘pure in heart’ isn’t some good work that you muster together through self-denial; ‘pure in heart’ is the righteousness of Christ within the believer.