THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2010
JOB AND JESUS
in many ways is very much like Jesus.
were pious and exemplary in their relationship to God. Job
“was a blameless and upright man” (Job 1:1a).
Jesus of course is the holy Son of God.
suffered terrible affliction. From head to foot. Satan “smote
Job with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown
of his head.” (Job 2:7). Jesus was crowned with thorns,
his whole body tortured, and his feet nailed to the cross.
were rejected and abandoned by those closest to them. Job
said his brethren, friends, kinsfolk, companions, servants,
young children, even his wife, all now reject him (Job 19:13-19).
Jesus was thought crazy by his relatives, was betrayed by
Judas, was abandoned by his disciples.
were exalted then vilified. Job was held in the highest esteem
by everyone (Job 29:7-11,21-25); but that was totally reversed.
As Job said, “But now they hold me in derision”
(Job 30:1a). As to Jesus, those who sang his praises during
his triumphant entry into Jerusalem were soon shouting “crucify
were in anguish over their suffering. Job said, “Therefore
am I dismayed before him” (Job 23:15a). He “cursed
his day” (Job 3:1) and wished that he had never been
born (Job 3:11). In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus “began
to feel sorrow and distress” (Mt 26:37b), and “he
was in such agony .... that his sweat became like drops of
blood falling on the ground.” (Lk 22:44).
felt desolation and being forsaken. Job bitterly complained,
“Your hands have formed me and fashioned me; will you
then turn and destroy me?” (Job 10:8). He lamented,
“You renew your attack upon me and multiply your harassment
of me; in waves your troops come against me. Why then did
you bring me forth from the womb? I should have died and no
eye have seen me.” (Job 10:17-18). On the cross, Jesus
cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have
you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46).
however severe their suffering, did not sin against God. Job
lost everything with the first trial, but “in all this
Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of
God.“ (Job 1:22). He suffered the second trial, but
still, “through all this, Job said nothing sinful.”
(Job 2:10c). As to Jesus, we have “one who has similarly
been tested in every way, yet without sin.” (Heb 4:15b).
both experienced victory in the end. Job was restored and
was blessed even double. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended
in glory into heaven.
In as much as Job and Jesus were similar in many ways, there
are marked differences. I am not just talking about how Jesus
is God and Job was just a man.
differed in how they handled their suffering. Job was bitter.
“I loathe my life. I will give myself up to complaint;
I will speak from the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 10:1).
He even blamed God, referring to God as “the Almighty,
who has made bitter my soul” (Job 27:2b). Jesus on the
other hand fully accepted what the Father had destined for
him, saying at Gethsemane even as he was in agony, “not
as I will, but as you will.” (Mt 26:39c).
insisted on his being just and righteous, even challenging
God: “Let God weigh me in the scales of justice; thus
will he know my innocence!” (Job 31:6). He wanted to
be justified and treated fairly. On the other hand, Jesus
accepted the very unfairness of an innocent victim suffering
for the sins of others. He, who was truly just and righteous,
who had no sin, took on our sins.
said a lot of things in his defense, both to refute his three
friends and also as he addressed God. Jesus, facing false
testimony that could put him to death, with his fate hanging
in the balance, simply “was silent” (Mt 26:63a).
of course did not die as a consequence of or a culmination
to his affliction. He lost everything except his life. But
Jesus died. He gave everything, including his very life.
Job is a model for us. Of a man blameless and upright. Of
one who proves faithful through severe trial. Of one who perseveres
in affliction. But our perfect model is Jesus.
we look at what happened to both Job and Jesus, we see the
ultimate overturning of one’s affliction, as rejection
is turned to redemption, as tragedy ends in triumph, as the
victim finally enjoys the victory.
ever we experience pain and suffering in life, we look to
the story of Job, and of course the story of Jesus, and we
are filled with hope. Suffering, endured in the grace and
mercy of God, is redemptive. As such we can persevere. And
as such we will be blessed. “Indeed we call blessed
those who have persevered. You have heard of the perseverance
of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, because
‘the Lord is compassionate and merciful.’”
As we begin to understand more the ways of God, as we see
God as Job did, as we are formed and purified through affliction,
as we are given the privilege to suffer as Jesus did, as we
walk the way of discipleship and carry our cross, as we experience
the mercy and compassion of God, then we are truly blessed.
Almighty! Just and righteous is He.
(January 13, 2010)
 This is the opening line of Psalm 22. Jesus is praying
the psalm, voicing out his lamentation but at the same time
looking to deliverance and victory.
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