In the depths of Jobs darkness a ray of golden light breaks through and he exclaims: “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon 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 years within me!” (Job 19:23-27).
Job already knew that he had an advocate on high, an intercessor and friend who would plead his case before God. The Lord partially revealed to Job a truth that has been revealed to us in full: Jesus Christ is our advocate on high. This Old Testament truth: Job’s advocate in heaven is also the redeemer. As he ponders this vision, he exclaims, “How my heart yearns within me!”
This is one of the most triumphant statements of faith in all the Scriptures. It may well be the earliest written mention of the resurrection to be found in the Word of God. Gradually, out of the anguish and despair of Job’s heart, a realization dawned: God is working out a great and mighty purpose in human history. A day will come when God Himself – a God whom Job has consistently viewed as the epitome of majesty and power- shall become visibly present before humanity. He shall appear on earth and vindicate all that He does.
In this statement, Job looks ahead by faith to the incarnation of the Lord Jesus. Job calls Him “My Redeemer”- that is, his Vindicator, the One who will defend him, ransom him, and resurrect him from the dust of death. Praise God, Job’s Redeemer is our Redeemer if we place our trust in Him.
Wherever we are, in whatever state we find ourselves, God is Redeemer and soon coming King. Destitute (or with comfortable shelter and finances) or healthy (or in need of healing), let us join with Job and declare, I know my Redeemer lives… my heart years for Him! We will then experience the presence of God in unmeasured glory.