I Know My Redeemer Lives!

He is Risen

by David Cook

Christianity stands or falls on one event in human history, the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah, my Redeemer!

Yeshua said,

“I am the resurrection and the life;

he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,

and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

John 11:25-26 NASB

Do you believe this?  Job certainly did.

The oldest book in the Bible is the book of Job.  In this ancient book Job makes a prophetic affirmation of faith in his Redeemer.  Job knew that his Redeemer was alive even before He was born in Bethlehem. [1]  Yeshua the Messiah, my Redeemer existed before the heavens and the earth were created. [2][3]  Job knew that someday his Redeemer would take His stand upon the earth.  This certainly happened at His first advent when Yeshua was born of a virgin in Bethlehem.  He grew into manhood and then was hailed as the Messianic King on Palm Sunday as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.

35 They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting:

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”                                                                                                                            Luke 19:35-38 NASB

This was prophesied by Zechariah;

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.                                                                            Zechariah 9:9 NASB

But Job wrote about when his Redeemer returns to the earth in great power and glory to set-up His millennial rein of peace upon the earth.  Job believed even though he would eventually die, that some day he would be resurrected and live in an immortal body on earth and see his Redeemer with his own eyes.

25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

26 “Even after my skin is destroyed,

Yet from my flesh I shall see God;

27 Whom I myself shall behold,

And whom my eyes will see and not another.”

Job 19:25-27 NASB

Who is Job’s Redeemer?

Job’s Redeemer is the One who came and gave His life as a ransom for many. [4]

…the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:11 NASB

Like Job, I know that my Redeemer lives!  Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God, is my Redeemer and Lord who is seated at the right hand of His Father in heaven.  When He returns to take His stand upon the earth, I will see Him with my own eyes; in my immortal body. [5]

When Yeshua the Messiah our Redeemer returns;

…war will be cut off.
And He will speak peace to the nations;
And His dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Zechariah 9:10 NASB

[1] Genesis 1:26, Psalms 110:1-5, John 1:1-4, Colosians 1:13-20
[2] Isaiah 48:12-16
[3] Revelation 22:12-13
[4] Mark 10:45 and Isaiah 53
[5] 1 Corinthians 15:50-56

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Show Me the Love!

Authentic Red Roses

by David Cook

Sometimes a romance ignites and you think you’re bout to have a heart attack…yet in time for various reasons you realize, it wasn’t meant to be.  Sometimes a romance transitions from high feelings to love, then marriage and a lifelong commitment.  Sometimes in a romance you reach for a rose and grab a thorn, resulting in pain and sorrow. Sometimes you learn how to forgive and grow closer to one another. Sometimes because of hardness of heart you grow apart and one day you’re left alone with a wounded ego, a broken heart, and the termination of a lifelong dream; and so it goes.

Red Roses Wet on Black

So many people talk a good game about many things.  But there is One who wasn’t just blowing smoke when He spoke of His love…God Himself.  We hear about God’s love for the people He created, but it wasn’t just cheap talk.  You see, God took action and implemented a plan that He had from long ago.  God demonstrated His love for us in way that is hard to comprehend.

We read in the gospel of John;

“For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 ESV

Paul wrote to the believers in Rome;

 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8 ESV

Perhaps when you reached for a rose in romance you were hurt by a thorn.  Instead of the beauty of love you were hoping for, you found pain and sorrow and are left alone.  Because of His great love for you, God sent His only Son to suffer on our behalf, to wear a crown of thrones and give His life on the cross so that we could be forgiven of our many sins.

Crown of Thorns

So God gave, He gave His only Son.  God demonstrated His love in a very real way, He gave His Son Yeshua the Messiah to die on the cross in our place for all our sins.  The One without sin, the sinless Messiah; gave His life for sinners.  Let His love sink in, into your mind, into your heart and into your life.  I pray His love breaks through to you today!

Reminds me of the song by Phil Keaggy – “Your Love Broke Through”