It was the final moment Jesus had with his disciples before he ascended into heaven. These followers had seen the terror of the sin of humanity upon the shoulders of divinity. The lifeless body was wrapped and placed in the tomb. Yet now they have seen the resurrected Lord speaking, teaching, and even eating with them. On the Mount of Olives, Jesus will give them the Great Commission and the confidence they need to accomplish such a feat. However, take notice of a particular phrase in this red-letter day. “When they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17).
The Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon said, “Ifs, buts, and perhapses are sure murders of peace and comfort.” In Job, we finally arrive at one of the most famous passages: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
It is powerfully helpful to have read Ruth beforehand because there is much illustrated about the kinsman-redeemer. This kinsman, in the book of Ruth, was obligated to redeem his kin from difficulty or danger. Imagine if Ruth and Naomi’s confidence was in the ignoble nearest relative. He was the one eager to buy the land from Naomi. Since she did not have any sons he would surely absorb the land into his own possession. Then Boaz interjects that Ruth would raise sons. This changes the situation immensely. Now the closest relative says he cannot perform the task of the kinsman because it would “mar” his inheritance. If Ruth and Naomi had their hope anchored in a selfish kinsman such as the closest relative, they would have been severely disappointed.
Naomi and Ruth had confidence in Boaz as their kinsman because of his integrity. The same confidence Job had when he said, “I know!” Throughout the book of Hebrews, we are challenged to hold on to our profession. Disallow the “ifs, buts, and perhapses” from robbing you of your peace. Our hope is “an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast” (Hebrews 6:19). If Job can have such confidence in his Redeemer without the complete Bible, without the record of Jesus’ sacrificial payment for the sins of the world, then what excuse do we have when we wallow in uncertainty. Your hope is not determined by your strength. It is anchored in the perfect integrity of Jesus Christ our Savior. You too can say, “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth!”