Bible passage: Job 19:25-27
Written: More than 2,500 years ago
Job, the author of the book of Job in the Old Testament, lived centuries before the time of Jesus. Yet in his book, he saw into the future, to a time when his redeemer would stand upon the earth and that he (Job) would be resurrected:
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27, NIV)
Christians believe in resurrection. Christians believe that people who have died will be resurrected when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead. Their bodies will be restored to life and their souls will be reunited with their bodies.
The role that Jesus will play in the resurrection is explained in greater detail in various passages of the New Testament, such as in John 5:19-30.
In addition to Job 19:25, there are other Old Testament prophecies that allude to a future bodily resurrection, including one in Daniel 12:1-3, and another in Isaiah 26:19, and another in Psalm 16:10.