The End of Life

Steve Petroelje

READ: Job 19:25-27

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. (v. 25)

Unless Christ returns first, each of us will face the end of life through death. We are reminded of this regularly as we experience the death of a loved one, read an obituary, or drive past a cemetery. We may discover ways to live longer, but we cannot avoid the reality that someday we will die. Death is a result of living in a sin-tainted world.

Thankfully, God sent Jesus Christ to make an atoning sacrifice for our sin. He came to pay the debt for our sin so we could be made right with God! Those who repent of their sin and believe in Jesus will still physically die, but they will also be raised up and live forever with him. First John 5:11-12 reminds us: “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Job, in the midst of his earthly suffering, knew he would die and his skin would be destroyed. Yet, he also knew the hope of eternal life and that he would be raised up to see God with his own eyes. He knew that his Redeemer lives and in the end he will stand on the earth, forever defeating and overcoming death. We can have that hope, too. Do you?

Precious Redeemer, use me to share the good news so that many more can come to know and trust in you for eternal life. Amen.