In my role as a pastor, I get to speak to lots of people about the empty tomb throughout the Easter season. But far too many people I meet don’t hold to Christ’s glorious resurrection as truth. “Maybe it’s true,” they’ll say. “Maybe Jesus was raised from the dead.”
“Maybe, Maybe, Maybe!” There is the murderer called “Maybe.” Maybe murders any sense of peace. Maybe murders any sense of comfort. Maybe murders any sense of assurance. Maybe murders any sense of joy. Maybe is a murderer of all things good and true and lovely.
But this word maybe is not for you! God has promised peace, comfort, assurance, and joy through the truth proclaimed by one of the greatest saints in all of sacred Scripture.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25)
In one horrifying day, Job lost all his children, his wealth, and his health, yet he held fast to the only truth that enabled him to endure his unimaginable loss: MY REDEEMER LIVES! For Job, there was no “Maybe” my Redeemer lives. The faithlessness of fear and the dread of doubt had no hold on this man of God. Confronted by what seemed like an utterly hopeless situation, Job clung to his unwavering hope, a hope that was rooted in his unwavering Redeemer.
Is this your truth on this day after Easter Sunday? Can you say along with Job that you know that your Redeemer lives? God forbid that our confidence would be any less certain than that of Job! Remember, Job was living on the “front side” of the resurrection; in other words, Job was looking forward to the fulfillment of the prophecies that pointed to the One who would conquer death. But you and I live on the “back side” of the resurrection. We do not trust in the promise of a resurrection; we look back with complete confidence on the historical fact that, after three days in the grave, the man called Jesus got up and walked . . . and shortly after that He ascended into heaven to prepare a place for you.
So let me ask you again: Does He live for you? A living Redeemer does no good to one who remains dead in trespass and sin.
In order to say along with Job that “My Redeemer lives,” you need only to transfer your trust from whatever you may be doing to be “good enough” to get into heaven and rest in the finished work of Christ. You know—by way of both your nature and your habits—that you are indeed a great sinner, which means you are in need of an even greater Redeemer, one who can give you the one thing you need most: the forgiveness of your sins. That Redeemer’s name is Jesus Christ.
Every week I remind the members of Cross Community Church, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). You will be saved—by grace through faith in the one who died to pay the price for all your sins . . . and then rose again from the grave, just as He said He would. Note well that Job did not say, “I hope” or “I think,” but rather “I know.” The murderer called “Maybe” did not creep into Job’s vocabulary when he spoke of his Redeemer. Don’t let it creep into yours!
I implore you, as an ambassador of Christ: Be reconciled to God! Let not another moment go by without living in the confident assurance that what was true for Job may be just as true for you. Make it your truth today: “I KNOW that my Redeemer lives!” And with that truth firmly established in your mind, you are now ready, willing, and able to live for your Redeemer!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!