The scripture for today is Romans 6:3-7, NRSV.
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For whoever has died is freed from sin.
Tonight, is the Vigil of Easter. The light of Christ, rising in glory, dispels the darkness of our hearts and minds. It is the occasion in which we remember Christ’s Passover from death to life eternal. It is a holy moment for the church as we remember these words from Paul in his letter to the Romans that we are baptized into Christ’s death. We are buried with him in death, so that we too, might rise to new life.
For me, this process is so evident when I plant my garden each spring. I place a seed in the soil, and it dies, only to sprout and rises into something new—a new creation! This holy occasion is also a reminder that no matter our past, through Christ’s love and atoning sacrifice, we are liberated from our sin. We have great hope and holy expectation of what new thing(s) God will do as we remember this most sacred occasion of the vigil of the resurrection. May you find yourself thankful for faith in Christ’s promise of eternal life. This is the night! Thanks be to God, Amen.
Pastor Steve Cauley
Prayer Concern - Pray for the light of Christ to renew the Church. Pray for all the newly baptized and for those who disciple others in the building up of faith in Christ Jesus. Give thanks for the gift of eternal life that Christ promises through his death and resurrection.