Risen

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Job 12:1-15:35; Proverbs 21:30-31

READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
Job 14:11-12 “As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up, so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.”

REFLECT
In Job 14, Job addressed himself to God. He desired to make his case in the audience of God and awaited the renewal of his soul. He was so confident that God would speak with him that he said that even if he should die; God will “appoint a set time, and remember me!” (Ref: Job 14:13) Yet for Job, death knew no resurrection. For the wise man, death will definitely send a person to Sheol. In his words, Job concluded that “man lies down and rises not again”.

RELATE
In his time, Job would never have imagined that the Son of God would die and rise again. This Easter season, as churches around the world celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ; believers remember that we died and is raised with our Lord and Saviour. So those who hope in the Lord can now rise with Him on eagle’s wings. Those who cling on to the Lord can now rest and grow in Him. Indeed, the resurrection power cannot only be taught, remembered nor encountered on Resurrection Sunday; but it should be the anchor of our daily living as those who have risen with Jesus Christ our Lord. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:14, if Christ has not risen, our faith would be in vain.

REST
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.*

Amen!

*Lyrics from “And Can It Be That I Should Gain” by Charles Wesley.