Hope for New Life


In the resurrected Jesus we have a future hope.  Job asks, with much hope, if someone dies, will they live again?  He wrestled with this because Job knew no one rises from the dead.  What Job wrestled with, Jesus resolved in the resurrection.  We now hope in him!

1 “Mortals, born of woman,
are of few days and full of trouble.
2 They spring up like flowers and wither away;
like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
3 Do you fix your eye on them?
Will you bring them before you for judgment?
4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure?
No one!
5 A person’s days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.

7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
he breathes his last and is no more.
11 As the water of a lake dries up
or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
12 so he lies down and does not rise;
till the heavens are no more, people will not awake
or be roused from their sleep.

14 If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewal to come.
Job 14:1-5, 7-12, 14

Our days are few and our lives filled with trouble. God determines the number of our days.  That’s how Job describes us in the beginning of chapter 14.  We spring up quickly and then fade away. We are shadows that do not endure.  James (4:14) calls us mist which appears for a while only…

He asks, who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one…

Job contrasts humans with a tree cut down. Even though it has fallen new shoots can sprout from the stump. Humanity is not the same. Once we die, we are done. We breathe our last and then we are no more, Job reflects.

Job begs God, that he would set a time to remember Job.  Remember me one day, God. Remember me one that day, God.  What day?

In vs.14, Job asks (with much hope) if someone dies, will they live again? And with his question Job opens the door to the miracle of God, because although this is impossible with man (to come back to life), with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

And so we reflect on what we celebrate at Easter.  We reflect on the resurrection of Jesus and we realize that what Job wrestled with, Jesus resolved. Jesus conquered. Jesus defeated.  Jesus overcame the grave and overcame sin and guilt and death.

We know Jesus words from John 16:33: in this world you will have trouble, yet take heart, I have overcome the world Jesus overcame.  All trouble and strife and conflict and trial. Overcome in Jesus and to be delivered on that day.  That day. The day that Jesus returns.

Job asks God to remember him on a future day.  That day is the day of Jesus’ coming. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we can look forward to that future day, which is only possible because of the resurrection of Jesus.

In the resurrected Jesus we have a future hope.  Job’s dreams and hopes are alive in Jesus.  Will you embrace this hope in Jesus and follow him today?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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