The main point of the message was that there is far more than what our eyes can see. We read a portion of Job (I was holding my brother during church so my notes aren't quite complete), chapter 19 I believe. Throughout Job's story, God is in charge. Even when our circumstances and experiences don't line up with what we think theologically, we should not change what we believe to fit what we are seeing, because there is always more going on than what we realize. From verses 25+26 we get three points:* I know that my Redeemer lives. | The word for redeemer here is "goel", which means kinsman redeemer. This concept is just another amazing layer of God's incredible wisdom and theology and I only just heard about it today, so I cant really speak on it, but my general understanding now is that "goel" assumes the presence of a familial relationship, like Boaz had an "obligation" to Ruth. It means that we can always count on Him and God will always be working on our behalf. And that we are in Jesus's family!
* And He will stand here on earth. | The battle with sin began on this earth. It's not the Devil who makes us sin-- Romans 5:12, "By one man did sin enter the world..." In Job 16 somewhere he says what a comfort it will be to have a mediator here with him. Job knows that his Redeemer will come to earth. Jesus came, in the flesh. He knows what it's like to be human. He knows the icky struggles, the sweat, the bad hair days.
* In my flesh, I shall see God. | After my skin is rotten, the worms have eaten my body, I am d.e.a.d, Christ will raise me again in the flesh. He will raise me from the dust. There is also so much theology packed in here, too, but this body, this life, is not all there is. There is so much more than we can see.
Resurrection is the inauguration to indestructible life. No more pains, sorrows, guits, or fears. This life is not all there is. Suffer now, delay gratification. (Hear that, America? lol) Our whole lives we should be losing our lives; just as the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies and thus rises again, we need to be dying to ourselves and living in light of the Resurrection. There is so much more going on than we can see and we need to trust in that. We have to trust in that.
Dress: Charity Shop ($5- half off day!)
Cardigan: F21 ($8)
Hat: Sears ($3)
Boots: Stein Mart ($35)
Necklace: Borrowed from my mom-- I don't have any black jewelry!
How was your Resurrection Lord's Day? I hope your weather is warming up like ours is!