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Know. See. Yearn.
Sarah Habben
by Sarah Habben
December 24, 2023

It’s Christmas Eve. The tableau is set: a baby’s soft cheek against a bed of hay, a wondering mother, wide-eyed shepherds who have seen heaven turned inside out.

But let’s leave that stable for a moment and visit a scene two thousand years earlier. Sitting on the ground is a husk of a man. Job is a believer who is being sifted by Satan. He’s lost almost everything—his children, his wealth, his health. Job is struggling. Who wouldn’t? Sometimes he clings to God as his advocate, his friend. Other times he feels God has abandoned him. 

And then, from a chasm of loss, comes a confession:

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. I myself will see him with my own eyes. … How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25,27).

It’s Christmas Eve. Tonight, that Redeemer lies in a manger. An unseen enemy stirs in the shadows. Satan wants to sift the Savior, to test and tempt and kill him and doom you to hell.

And indeed, the Redeemer will be abandoned by God. He’ll suffer. He’ll die. But he will not allow Satan to win. Jesus’ victory over sin, death, and Satan will be etched in the emptiness of his stone tomb.

It’s Christmas Eve. Whether your heart is bubbling over or heavy with loss, look at that baby and know your Redeemer. Look at his tomb and see your pardon. Look to the skies—he’s coming back for you.  

How our hearts yearn within us!