Summary: Funeral Service
When I See Jesus, It Will Be Amen
Job writes, For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; (26) And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, (27) Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
The writer invites us in on the conversation between Job and his accusers. When you listen to the dialog, it gives us a glimps of what strength and patience from having been in relationship with the father. Notice with me Jobs Certainty. The kind of certainty that financed his attitude towards his future, provided the confidence to trust in the almighty. It was this kind of confidence the Moma Joe shared with me just a few days ago, she spoke as one with confidence and assurance, that peace between her and God was made. Like Job even in our pain there are some things that we can know that is be certain about. Twice in this passage Job states there are some things that he knows (vv. 25, 26) with certainty.
First, Job states that he knows that there is a Redeemer. In verse twenty-five I know that my Redeemer lives. Job states that he is my redeemer, he had a personal relationship with the Redeemer. This is a personal statement, of personal conviction, not hearsay, not speculation, but truth uttered from a heart of assurance and firm conviction.
What is a redeemer? One who repurchases, and One who delivers from bondage by paying a ransom. Now listen... Job could have said, I know that my Savior lives. He would have been accurate. He could have said, I know that my Champion lives. He would have been accurate. He could have said, I know that my Advocate lives. He would have been accurate. But he didnt use any of those terms or any other. He said, Redeemer. That means that Job knew he needed to be purchased back. He knew that he ultimately belonged to God, but that sin had interrupted that relationship. He had the confidence in God and His goodness and faithfulness to say, I know that my Redeemer lives.
The One who buys me back.
This is why when we look back over the Live of a Sis Hooks, we see so many that she brought Joy so so many, though her gifts and talents. Although we are he today to pay our respect, I would be amiss, if I but not remind you that this is still a joyous celebration. Those who profess, and equally posses ought to pull out your salt shakers and remind those who weep as one having no hope, that this is just a right of passage.
In spite of our tears, there is joy, hardships, loneliness, there is joy, real joy, genuine, unspeakable, unbelievable joy, undeniable, uncontainable Joy:
First of all there is joy in knowing for sure there is a God in Heaven.
...in having fellowship with the almighty God..
...in standing on the eternal word of God..
...in being apart of the Church of God..
I believe that if she could speak to you today, she would tell you that there is nothing more important than having a personal relationship with the Savior.
Do you know that? Is that your firm conviction today? Can you say with confidence, I KNOW that my Redeemer lives*? In historical fulfillment of Job*s words, centuries later Peter said, (1 Peter 1:18-19), knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, (19) but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Jesus is the redeemer that Job spoke of. Christ is our Redeemer, who has repurchased us. He has delivered us from bondage of sin by paying the ransom with His own sinless blood. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Job went on to say, I know that my redeemer lives.
Jesus was living in the days of Job and he is still living today.
The heart of the Christian faith is our believe in not only do we accept God, we confess and believe in our hearts that God sent his only begotten son, we also rejoice on the fact, that Jesus promised that he would one day return. For the believer it gives us a glimps of hope, that there is something to expect when the enevitable come. The inevitable is when time is no more, comes to some as a surprise, to others its not a surprise, but it comes. Death is a reminder of the realities of God. Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life.