Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 30 Scripture Selection: Job 19-21
Food for Thought: Job 19:25, 26
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Job prophesies of Jesus the Redeemer centuries before He would perform the work necessary to make personal redemption possible—something Job could only have known by supernatural revelation. What a declaration of faith! What hope-filled words! And we can declare with complete confidence the very same words that surged in him in the midst of such trying times, ‘For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” In the end, no matter what is happening now, with faith in our Redeemer, we win.
This motive for inspiring hope is expressed again by the apostle Paul in the New Testament. After the coming of Christ and the fulfillment of everything necessary to redeem mankind, long after the book of Job was written, looking ahead to the return of the Redeemer, he writes in Titus 2:13, 14, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Then, seeing prophetically into the end-time events, the apostle John confirms the significance of Jesus our Redeemer in Revelation 5:9, “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
The theme of the Redeemer has been woven throughout the ages and into the future, including all believers in the tapestry along with Him. Beyond it all, after all the trials and tribulations, after we breathe our final breath here on earth, we have the blessed assurance that we will see our Redeemer face to face, and it will be worth it all. (See I Corinthians 13:12.) That is why Paul writes in Romans 8:18, 19, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” That’s where our hope comes from!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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