“Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high” (Job 16:19).
Job’s problems and questions are intimately tied to the New Testament because they are answered perfectly in Jesus Christ.
Job longed for someone to help him approach God, to see Him face to face. “He is not a man like me that I might answer Him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both” (Job 9:32-33).
In the N.T., we see Jesus is our Advocate before God, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
He is in heaven working on our behalf. Job says (Job 16:19), “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.”
“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence” (Hebrews 9:24).
Is there life after death? “Man,” Job says, “springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:2, 14).
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25).
There is One who can save us from judgment. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
“Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25). No one can add to what Jesus did to save us. He has paid the price for our sins ONCE FOR ALL (v.28).
As our High Priest, Jesus is our Advocate, the Mediator between Almighty God and us. The Old Testament high priest went before God once a year into the Holy of Holies to plead forgiveness for the Israel’s sins, but first he had to offer a sacrifice for his own sins. Jesus’ continuous presence in heaven with the Father assures us that our sins have been paid for forever!
Job asks where he can find God. “If only I knew where to find Him; if only I could go to His dwelling! I would state my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what He would answer me, and consider what He would say” (Job 23:3-5).
Jesus said to Philip (John 14:9), “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” In other words, to know Jesus is to know the Father. Our search for God—for truth and reality—ends in Jesus Christ. He is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3). He came to show us the Father.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration! –Neander