Easter Vigil - 2016

My Flesh Shall Gaze Upon His Flesh

Vicar Brad Akey


In the name of our Risen Savior and Lord. Amen!


    “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). The words spoken on Ash Wednesday, leading us into the penitential season of Lent. We say this as a remembrance of what our flesh is. Our flesh been taken from dust, and it shall return to dust, to the earth, when we die. As Job said in his deathly struggles, my bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. Our flesh, bound and corrupted by sin - Job speaks to the punishment that is awarded to us, “for the hand of God has touched me.”


Job and all mankind has been afflicted by God, while we are in the flesh. We have rebelled and are disciplined for our actions. Yet that same hand that has touched us, delivering the punishment we deserve, is the same hand that strikes our Savior Jesus Christ, in the flesh, rescuing us. It is also the same hand that makes the sign of the cross both upon our hearts and our minds at our baptisms.

Job afflicted by God - feels forsaken by God. He thought his family, his friends, his God had abandoned him. Yet God lifts Him out of his despair. We know the one who was truly forsaken was not Job, nor is it any of us - it was Jesus Christ on the cross, in the flesh. It is on that cross where God died. But God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it (Acts 2:24). Thus Job, trusting God’s eternal gifts rejoices, saying: I know that my Redeemer lives!

Easter Vigil - 2016

My Flesh Shall Gaze Upon His Flesh

Vicar Brad Akey


In the name of our Risen Savior and Lord. Amen!


    “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). The words spoken on Ash Wednesday, leading us into the penitential season of Lent. We say this as a remembrance of what our flesh is. Our flesh been taken from dust, and it shall return to dust, to the earth, when we die. As Job said in his deathly struggles, my bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. Our flesh, bound and corrupted by sin - Job speaks to the punishment that is awarded to us, “for the hand of God has touched me.”


Job and all mankind has been afflicted by God, while we are in the flesh. We have rebelled and are disciplined for our actions. Yet that same hand that has touched us, delivering the punishment we deserve, is the same hand that strikes our Savior Jesus Christ, in the flesh, rescuing us. It is also the same hand that makes the sign of the cross both upon our hearts and our minds at our baptisms.


Job afflicted by God - feels forsaken by God. He thought his family, his friends, his God had abandoned him. Yet God lifts Him out of his despair. We know the one who was truly forsaken was not Job, nor is it any of us - it was Jesus Christ on the cross, in the flesh. It is on that cross where God died. But God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it (Acts 2:24). Thus Job, trusting God’s eternal gifts rejoices, saying: I know that my Redeemer lives!


And we know this prophecy, comes true.  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” In her flesh she has seen her risen Savior. He stood before her and talked with her. Jesus the man who died, rose again in the flesh in glory! The tomb is empty, Simon Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved saw it with their own eyes. Christ has undone the shackles of sin and death!        
 
While our flesh may return to dust, that is not the end of our story.  Job says, my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God. In the new heavens and the earth we will be in the flesh, with Christ in the flesh, before God. But our flesh will no longer be in bondage to Satan - for sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace (Rom 6:14). We will be reunited with our Creator no longer separated, but in perfect union – body and soul. Amen.

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