Easter Devotion – April 20, 2017

ONE FAITH THROUGH THE AGES
Thursday, April 20, 2017
At the church where I grew up, Easter Sunday services ended with the
familiar hymn, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” I loved walking out of
church with the words of the last verse still ringing in my ears:
He lives all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer
lives! LSB 461 v. 8
With this hymn proclaiming such a confident Easter message, I just assumed
it was based on a New Testament reference, surely a bold statement of
faith from Paul or Peter, maybe even in the moments before death.
Imagine my surprise when I found out years later that this hymn was based
on the words spoken by Job!
According to Bible scholars, Job lived in the early days of the Old Testament,
long before Jesus. Yet, centuries before the resurrection ushered in the
final act of God’s great plan for salvation, Job was already trusting in the
free gift of God’s grace and staunchly affirming that he would be in heaven
with Christ.
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the
earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself
will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. Job 19:25-27
In spite of Job not being able to keep the Law perfectly, God declares him a
righteous man because of his faith. Thousands of years later, God also calls
me righteous, not because of the Law or my good works, but because He
sees me through the resurrected Christ. Because Jesus paid a great price, I
now have God’s grace, freely given.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Your Holy Spirit grew abundant faith in Job
and allowed him to declare the surety of the resurrection. Grant me, I pray,
such a faith that I, too, may cherish the grace You have poured out on me at
the expense of Your dear Son. Amen.
THE AUTHOR: Carol Martin and her family have been members of Zion
Lutheran Church since 1990. Over the years she has been active in Zion’s
school, Bible studies, music offerings, and youth ministries. She currently
teaches Spanish at Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Charles and Adult ESL classes at

St. Charles Community College.