For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” has been a hymn that has been sung at the past 22 Easter Sunday worship services of which I have been presiding or preaching minister.
It also is used at the vast majority of funerals that I have presided or preached at for the last 22 years.
This hymn by Samuel Medley is very popular because of the amazing message that he put in it – the Easter message.
The phrase “He lives” is repeated thirty times over eight stanzas.
Anything repeated that often in a song or poem must be important. And so it is!
After Jesus died a gruesome death on the cross – and there was no doubt he was dead, no one could survive what Jesus went through – three days later he was alive.
That is the question this hymn answers.
Jesus lives to: save, rule his Church, grant me rich supply, guide me, comfort me, hear my soul’s complaint, silence my fears, wipe away my tears, calm my troubled heart, impart blessings, bless me, plead for me, feed my soul, love me, grant me daily breath, my mansion to prepare, to bring me safely there (to my mansion).
That’s quite a list!
And yet, that’s only part of the Easter message!
Jesus bled and died to save you and I from our sins, from death, and from the power of the devil.
As we learn from the Book of Job, the devil has some pretty powerful weapons in his arsenal. He’s able to destroy Job’s wealth, his family, and very nearly his health.
But God is more powerful than the devil – no surprise there. The creator is always more powerful than his creation.
But what makes God most powerful is not strength, or weapons, or tactics.
It is something that Satan doesn’t have. Something that we desperately need.
What makes God powerful is love.
God loves us. Even amid death and despair, God’s love is more powerful than anything else.
That’s why Job can say, “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
That’s why Jesus goes to the cross to die.
God’s love for us!
And now it’s our turn.
It is Easter Sunday and it is time to celebrate God’s love. Sing a hymn of praise, shout that Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Spend time with your church family. Spend time with your blood family.
But come Easter Monday, it is time to respond to God’s love.
Tell someone else that you know that your Redeemer lives!
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