I know that my redeemer lives!
An Easter classic based on one of the oldest written verses in the Bible. Job believed in the resurrection before it ever happened! And, from the beginning of time God’s Word makes clear that the body is important enough to save.
Throughout the years many have mistakenly given so much importance to the soul that the body is downplayed, forgotten, or even made to look like it’s the real problem. The Bible consistently highlights the importance of the body though. In Genesis, we see the body taking on punishment when sin comes into the world, but it’s through the human body that salvation will be born! In the Ten Commandments we see that human life in the body is worth protecting. God sees the human body as so important He was willing to even have his own son be born with one! And, that real 100% human body ate, drank, slept, was beaten, crucified, died, and was buried. So important was the body that the women went back to the tomb after the Sabbath rest period to care for it. However, something great took care of Jesus’ body for them! He was raised to life! In the body!
A couple of important post resurrection notes remind us that the resurrection of Jesus was a bodily resurrection: John notes that Jesus ate fish with the disciples, and Luke notes that he broke bread with the disciples in Emmaus. Then there is the account of Jesus telling Thomas to touch his hands and his side to feel for himself that his body was alive and well. These confirm that the resurrection is a bodily resurrection.
We confess in the Apostles’ Creed that we will rise on the last day, and that it’s not just our souls that will live, but our bodies too! “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the Forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen!”
That’s also the confession of Job:
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and 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 19:25-25
Dear Jesus, You rose from the dead! I can’t wait to see you! Amen.