Ten fresh graves, Job had stood at: All his children, dead. His vast wealth disappeared that same day.
Then his health vanished. He didn’t know why, but we do: The devil was against Job, as were his wife and friends. He had welts all over his body.
Amidst it all, Job cried, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (19:25). He believed God himself would defend him in the end.
If Job had much against him, Jesus had more. When friends left him, enemies crucified him, and the Father cursed him in our place, Jesus said:
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“I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. [...]
“He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me?” (Isaiah 50:5–9).
Was Jesus right? Emphatically: God raised him from the dead!
Because our Redeemer was innocent when he died for us, because our Redeemer lives, his faith becomes ours, too: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
To others, many of our sins are obvious. Yet God chose to have his Son die on the cross in our place.
God also chose believers in eternity, for Jesus’ sake. He picked out individuals to become his children forever by trusting in Jesus.
So Scripture says, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:33–34).
No matter who brings charges against us, then, no matter how true the charges are, they can’t stick in God’s courtroom. God justifies us; he acquits us, since his Son substituted for us.
Jesus ascended to God’s right hand, too. As the Father’s equal in every way, Jesus pleads our case, as a lawyer.
So, who can condemn us?
Rev. Daniel A. Witte, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, can be reached at 747-5564. For more information, see www.rsavior.com.