Lenten Devotional: Holy Saturday/Great Vigil of Easter, March 31


The Prophets and Passion Week: A little while longer

Isaiah 53:9 • They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Luke 23:50–53 • Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.

It is so hard to wait when everything you have lived for has been dismantled. You want to do something. But God is in control and will not be hurried. We must wait upon the Lord, and when God calls, then move. But for now, the wait continues. Its purpose is to remind us that we are not in control. Despite all our efforts to maintain a semblance of being in charge, we must surrender our will to God’s. Only therein can true trust ever be realized.

Lord, help us to realize that faith involves surrender as we trust in you. Amen.