“…at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.
Job 19: 25b-26
There is something about knowing what will happen in the future that makes what’s happening in the present different.
The most common example I can think of is Fridays.
If you know that you have a weekend coming up – two full days off from the “9-5” of the work week – getting up for work on Friday morning is different, somehow.
That day of work before a day off tends to put an extra lilt in my step. I find that even after a full week of work, I have a little boost of energy on that day.
Your mileage may vary, as they say, but I suspect this is true for you as well.
I believe this is related to the fact that we humans have been created with a longer, more full, purpose than what can be contained in our lifetimes here on earth.
In other words, we have a future that extends beyond this life on earth.
As the Christian author and apologist C.S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” (Mere Christianity, 1952).
We have been created – originally – to live forever. The Fall into sin in the Garden of Eden corrupted that eternal nature by bringing sin into the world and death to humans.
But humans are still going to exist forever. There is a life after life.
What that life will be depends on whether or not we reject the Holy Spirit. If we end life here on earth with faith in Jesus Christ, we will live forever in the Paradise that Jesus himself is preparing (see John 14:1-3).
If someone rejects the Holy Spirit, the existence they will endure after this life cannot be called “life” but instead it is everlasting, eternal death.
It is important that we understand this now, during this life. And no matter what we are going through in this life.
We could be going through a bleak, dark time, but we must remember that there is life after this for those who have faith in Christ!
Job understood this. Even after the death of all ten of his children and losing all his earthly wealth, he understood that there is life after this life. Even while enduring painful sores and deteriorating health, Job looks to the life beyond this life.
In Job 19, he makes the great confession, “I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He follows up this confession with his certainty that he will see the day that the Redeemer comes, or comes back.
In the New Testament era – that is, since the coming of Jesus – resurrection of the body has been an integral part of the Christian confession of faith and the proclamation of the Gospel.
This doesn’t mean that it was a message or concept that was introduced in the Christian era, however.
It is here in the Book of Job, in events that take place 1800 years before the birth of Christ!
So it is a truth that has been there since the very beginning, because it is what God created us for – to live forever!
Knowing this will help us get through everything we face in this earthly life. It is the hope that is sure and certain.
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