Easter Vigil, 2015, Reflections

“He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.”  (Mark 16:7)

 

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The time has come, when we now will experience the silence of His tomb. In a way, it seems that Jesus is “sleeping in death,” as if He were resting after His harrowing Passion. However, if this is some sort of sleep, it’s a pretty active sleep. Tonight’s Easter Vigil is where we proclaim that He descended into hell and then trampled on it’s gates and where He broke Satan’s hold on all of us. This night is when we wait anxiously for His resurrection so He can free us all from the ancient curse known as sin and restore us to life in God.

Tonight we are also reminded about the Israelites on the night they passed on the shores of the Red Sea. They escaped into the desert after the angel of God had passed over them, and then they found themselves trapped with the sea in front of them and Pharaoh and his army behind them. Here all they could do was keep vigil where they were with the angel of God and a pillar of cloud guarding them during the night. There was absolutely nothing else they could do except to depend upon God to help them.

The disciples kind of found themselves in a situation that was similar with the crucifixion. It didn’t matter how much effort Peter put into it, his grief at denying his Master wasn’t going to help and the women preparing to anoint His body with spices wasn’t going to bring their Master back to life. There simply was nothing any of them could do and they were at the end of all their human resources. But this is when God’s power shines through with glory. When all of us were dead in sin, it was He who sent His Son to restore us back to life in God. When we couldn’t save ourselves, it was Jesus who rescued us. When we were slaves of the devil, it was He who broke our chains and freed us.

So, tonight, let’s wait on the Lord. We just need to keep still and He will act on our behalf. Even if you can’t make it to an Easter Vigil you still can spend some time tonight, watching and waiting for the light of Christ to come to you. Tonight is truly a blessed night because it was this night that Christ rose from the underworld!

“O Christ our Savior, all our hope is in you! Through Your resurrection, deliver us from our sins and fears. Transform our sorrows into joy. Restore us, Lord, to life in You.”

Consider reading:

Exodus 14:15-15:1

Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18

Romans 6:3-11

Prayer:

Help us Lord to patiently wait for what is to come.

Show us how we can silence our hearts so we can prepare ourselves for our Savior who will deliver us from our sins.

We ask that You not only transform our hearts but also transform all of our sorrows into joy.

Restore our lives Lord with Your blessed and glorious resurrection.

Amen

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