For the Hurting

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Vicar Phil Valdez || Job 19: 23-27 || March 31, 2024

How many of you would say that getting old is fun? Maybe you have bad knees, or you got a bad back, or you just can’t do the things that you used to do. You might be thinking, “But I’m young and I’m strong.” Well, that might be the case now, but that won’t always be the case. Furthermore, I know that you’ve gotten sick before because everyone gets sick. We are all familiar with how delicate and perishable the human body is, aren’t we? Either we’re hurting right now, or we know someone who is hurting or someone who has been hurting. After all, it is what we deserve, isn’t it? The Bible says that the soul that sins shall die, that the wages of sin is death. Suffering and hurt is what we deserve. From the second that we’re born, we start dying. Job from the Bible was all too familiar with this, wasn’t he? And though he was a righteous man, he of all people knew what it was to suffer. You see, in one day, he lost all of his goods and wealth. And on that same day, all ten of his children died. And then shortly after, his body was subjected to painful boils from head to toe, and no matter what he did, he couldn’t find any relief. It’s safe to say that Job was financially, emotionally, and physically a wreck. And it was at this point that he even laments ever being born into this world. But in the midst of his complaining and his suffering, he says something amazing. He says, “Though my body will crumble and die, I myself will see God with my own two eyes. I and not another.” How could this be? Well, it could only be because Job trusted in God’s power over death. Did God give him a glimpse of Jesus in the future? Ultimately, we’re not really sure. But what we do know is that Job believed in the resurrection, that because his Redeemer lives, so will he. Likewise, because Jesus lives, so you will live. Though your body will crumble and decay, that’s not the end of the story. You see, you will receive a new, glorious body, one that is not susceptible to pain or hurt, or decay. You will receive a new body that will last forever. You, with your own two eyes, will see God. You and not another. Amen.