MY REDEEMER LIVES!
But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more… If someone dies, will they live again? —Job 14:10, 14
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. —Acts 8:34-39
So many people believe that when you die that is it and life is over, existence is over. They believe we are a product of chance with no supernatural existence. Yet they need to “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26). It is the devil who has “blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (II Corinthians 4:4). But “God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6). God can change the most hardened person to become a gentle servant of His and the Apostle Paul is the example of this (Acts chapters 9 & 26).
Job answers his own question later on— “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25). He knew that his redeemer existed then and saw into the future when He would come to the earth. This redeemer would be someone more that a man as we are told that “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay (Psalm 49:7-9). So it would take more than a man to redeem the lives of people. Who would it be?
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (I Peter 1:18-21). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_-flIpeAsc
In the passage above the Eunuch heard the good news about Jesus and called on His Name. He said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” This is the redeemer Job spoke about thousands of years previously. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13), but we need to bring the gospel message to them! Romans 10:14-15). Are you? Will you? Oh, that you and I would! That is why we are still on the planet (I Corinthians 5:9-10).
Dear Father, please help me to be faithful in sharing the good news of Jesus with people. I thank You for Chris who called on You last night. Be pleased to do a mighty work through his life by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!