He Lives!

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
Job 19:25

“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!

That Jesus is alive is incredibly good news. It is the best news of all.

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.

He lives!

But why?

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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My Redeemer Lives

“I know that my Redeemer lives….”
Job 19: 25a

Here in the middle of Lent we get to the most “Easter” sounding phrase in the entire Book of Job. We will revisit this Easter phrase on … well, you guessed it … Easter!

But it comes practically in the middle of the Book of Job and gives us the first glimpse into the hope of Job.

Amidst all the black despair and death Job has dealt with, he never, ever, loses his hope in his ever-living Redeemer, God Almighty!

Powerful lesson in this for us. Never, ever, give up hope. No matter how bad things get, you have a Redeemer who lives!

Samuel Medley went through some pretty rough times himself.

He was the son of a teacher but his early education was by his grandfather. Samuel was born in a time when English boys who were not royalty or aristocracy would be “apprenticed” to gain education and a career.

Being an “apprentice” was little better than being an indentured servant or even a slave. Samuel was apprenticed to an oil-man in London who sold lamp oil and paraffin.

Samuel was never interested in this for a career and finally figured out how to get out of this situation after three years. He gained his freedom by enlisting in the Royal Navy.

Four years into his enlistment, he was severely wounded at the battle of Annus Mirabilis of 1759. (Ironically, a young slave named Olaudah Equiano also participated in the battle on the side of England. He would go on to win his freedom and, along with John Newton, would influence William Wilberforce in ending slavery in England.)

Severely wounded, with no prospects for a career, life was as bleak as could be for Samuel.

He was sent back to England to recover. He didn’t know what his future held, or even if he had a future. Then, he happened to pick up one of Isaac Watts’ published sermons.

The great hymn writer and preacher led to Samuel hearing about Jesus Christ and this forever changed Samuel’s life.

It would also touch our lives as well, for Samuel went on to become a preacher and hymn writer himself, eventually penning the words to the hymn “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

This hymn contains the phrase from the Book of Job. The rest is all pure Easter Gospel!

I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.

He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high….

When your Redeemer lives, you will live! There is a plan and purpose for your life in this world and, of course, eternal life awaits you in heaven.

This life may get dark, bleak, downright awful.

But when your Redeemer lives, there is always hope, always purpose, and always light at the end!

©2017 True Men Ministries

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