My Redeemer Lives!

Recently we reflected on the sacrifice of the cross on Good Friday and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. We remember that history, through the Julian and Gregorian calendars, marks the ministry of Jesus Christ as the centre point of human time. The years of human history are either marked B.C or A.D, before Christ or "anno Domini", which translates as "in the year of the Lord".

Easter reminded us that the ministry of Jesus Christ represents the hope of mankind for all who would put their faith in Him, both those who lived before Jesus Christ walked the earth, B.C, and those of us who live "anno Domini", A.D.

The hope of redemption from human suffering is not a new experience of our age, A.D. It has also been the hope of mankind for thousands of years B.C, ever since the first rebellion against God.

Job lived thousands of years B.C and suffered many afflictions. Yet despite his suffering, Job continued to put his trust and hope in God to redeem his situation.

Likewise, as we live thousands of years A.D, witnessing and experiencing suffering and affliction in our own lives and the lives of others, our trust and hope can also be secure in God to redeem our situation.

B.C, Job's testimony looked forward to the ministry of Jesus, and the events of Easter.

A.D, our testimony looks back at the events of Easter to give us the same hope and allows us to echo the words of Job 19:23-25 (NIV):

“Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth."

Until He returns!

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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