My 4/12/2020 (Easter) sermon, My Redeemer Lives (Job 19:25-27), is now online. I think my fascination with this as an Easter text was first born through listening to Handel’s Messiah as I grew up. Here’s Christopher Ask giving some of the back story on using this text on Easter:
“George Frederick Handel’s librettist (Charles Jennens) was absolutely right when he set Job 19:25-26 alongside the words “Now is Christ risen from the dead…” in that great aria in The Messiah. It is precisely the bodily resurrection of Christ that gives us the assurance that Job’s confidence was not wishful make-believe but sure and certain hope. The Father stood upon Christ’s tomb and acted as His Redeemer, to vindicate him by resurrection. This same God will stand upon the grave of every man or woman in Christ, to act as our Redeemer. And on the last day, we will stand justified and vindicated before Him by grace”Christopher Ash in Job: The Wisdom of the Cross, p.217
So, I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of preaching the greatest event in the history of the world: Jesus’s resurrection through the eyes of Job. I hope the sermon encourages you.