Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 46
This is it! Lent’s last day! Every step on every day that we have walked with Jesus to his Cross through Lent, ends here—Holy Saturday, inside the tomb with Jesus. What have you carried with you through this journey? Maybe it was a sin, a grief, a despair. Maybe a burden, or a sorrow. Maybe it was something that made you feel hopeless, even as hopeless as Job from today’s Old Testament reading, a man known for his immense suffering. But carry it no more! If you have not already laid it at the Cross of Jesus, lay it down now in the Tomb of Jesus, just like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, in today’s John reading, who laid their sin at the tomb of the one they loved. Because, as one ancient anthem puts it, which we will hear tonight at Easter Vigil,
This is the night
when Christ broke the prison-bars of death
and rose victorious from the underworld.
This is the night
of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.
The sanctifying power of this night
dispels wickedness, washes faults away,
restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners.
Look, whether you like it or not, Christ is risen from the dead and breaks down the prison-bars of the tomb. The risen Jesus will storm out of this tomb like a mighty warrior, and desires to take you with him! But you can’t carry your burdens out. It needs to die in the tomb. So, what’s it going to be? Today, this night, do you want to die with your sins, or to leave the tomb and live with Christ? Hope to see you tonight at 8 pm for the Great Vigil of Easter.
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.