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April 21

I know that my Redeemer lives.
Job 19:25

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

The foundation of Job’s comfort lay in that one little word my“my Redeemer” — and in the fact that the Redeemer truly lives. Oh, to take hold of the living Christ! We must have a claim to Him before we can enjoy Him.

What good is gold still in the mine? There are plenty of beggars in the gold regions of Peru and California. It is gold in their pockets, not in the mine, that will satisfy their necessities by purchasing the bread they need.

So it is with a redeemer who has not redeemed me or an avenger who will never fight for my life. Of what value are they? Therefore, never rest until by faith you can say, “Yes, I have cast myself upon my living Lord and He is mine.”

Perhaps you find yourself today with a weak and feeble grasp on Him, thinking it presumptuous to say, “He lives as my Redeemer.” Yet remember, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed” (Matt. 17:20) you are entitled to say it.

Two additional words here also express Job’s strong confidence — “I know.” There are thousands of believers in Jesus who never go beyond saying, “I hope so” or “I believe so.” But to experience true peace and comfort you must be able to say, “I know.” And words such as if, but, and perhaps are sure murderers of that peace and comfort.

Doubts are nothing but gloomy clouds in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting my soul! If I have any suspicion Christ is not mine, I experience the bitterness of “vinegar . . . mingled with [the] gall” (Matt. 27:34 KJV) of death. But if I know Jesus lives for me, darkness is no longer dark and light surrounds me even at night.

If Job could say, “I know,” ages before the coming of Christ, we should never be less sure. And God forbid our positive statement should be presumption. May we see that our evidence is true lest we build our faith on false hope, and may we never be satisfied with stopping at the mere foundation, for it is from the upper floors we have the greatest view.

A living Redeemer who is truly mine is “inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

It is evident throughout the Scriptures that the Lord wants us to have assurance of our faith and salvation. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb. 10:22).

The apostle Paul reminds us numerous times of the importance of the resurrection of Jesus, as if to say, “What good would it be to have a dead redeemer?” He proclaimed, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).

Father, thank You that “I know that my Redeemer lives” and intercedes with You on my behalf.

“He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Heb. 7:25).

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