“We are in waiting…”

Posted on 12 Apr 2020, Pastor: Randy Sturzenbecher

Mark 16:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Resurrection
16 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Easter Vigil  Saturday, April 11th, 2020   FB live sermon only

Kingdom, Power, and Glory, for you.

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen.

We Pray.  Father on this night when we await the light of the 1st day of the week, the day of the resurrection, we wait on your Kingdom Power and Glory to reign over us and bring us your peace.  Bless us now in this preaching of your Word.    Amen.

Dear Saints, you might wonder what the purpose is for gathering tonight?  Jesus died for our sins yesterday, Good Friday. Jesus’ sinless life and body were perfect sacrifice offered on the High Altar of the Holy Cross and accepted by God as a total and complete payment for our sin.  That was day one. 

He completed His Father’s will.  Jesus atoned for the sins of the world, for all people. He rested in the grave on Saturday, making holy all the graves where His people will rest in the sleep of death.  That was day two. 

On the third day. The first day of the week.  Sunday.  Jesus rose from the dead, just as He promised. Victory over the evil triumvirate of sin death and devil accomplished for us and gifted to us in His resurrection. 

Tonight we are in vigil. We wait and remember God’s faithfulness to us.  We wait.  We vigil just like we do on Christmas Eve.  The hope we have.  The news of Jesus rising from the dead defeating our old evil foe is so great we can’t wait for the fullness of the day.  We wait to make that pronouncement when the first light of the new day breaks. 

Through the 40 days of Lent, we have been praying and preaching through the Lord’s Prayer seeing how Jesus suffering and death is clearly present in the Prayer our Lord taught us to pray.  Tonight as we remember God’s faithfulness we see clearly the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer

          For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.

The Kingdom of God that we know came into existence by a Word from God the Father.  Everything that is,….. was formed of His creating Word. At the end of every day, God proclaims of His creation.  It is Good. 

On the 6th day, He creates man and woman as the crowning achievement of His creating. All of God’s creation is theirs to enjoy. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of man in seamless symmetry.

But the symmetry soon would be broken by sin. The earth cursed.  Sin breaking, destroying, bringing death.  That is our world today.  The hopelessness,…. the isolation,….. the fear of things being broken beyond repair,…….. is not new to us because of the current covid chaos. It started in the Garden.  This is what it is like to live in a broken Kingdom. 

That brokenness is exactly why we pray Thy Kingdom come earlier in the prayer.  Despite how it might seem sometimes,………. God does hear and answer our prayers.   On the 6th day of the week.  The same day God created Adam He restored Adam and Eve and all mankind with His Son,…..  our Savior Jesus.  Hanging on the cross was the worst sinner in all creation.  Not by thought, word or deed, but by will.

It was God’s will to restore His creation.   It was Jesus will to glorify His Father and He did that by becoming obedient even to the point of death…..death on a cross.  

In a wonderful Doxology, we pray “For thine is the kingdom”.  This Kingdom we see and live in all created and gifted to us by God the Father, is now through the blood of the sinless sacrifice Jesus Christ, restored once again.   

Reading through these two accounts of the flood and God’s rescue of His people through the Red sea, it is not hard to see God’s Power.  The entirety of the earth covered in water as the great depths open.  Noah and his family, 8 souls in all spared.  The waters of the Red Sea driven apart and piled up as God’s freed people walk through on dry ground. 

God’s power is clear. But even more clear is His desire to use His power to save us.   Eight souls were saved in the Ark, and on the eighth day of creation,…….. the day of resurrection,……. all mankind was saved from drowning and dying in sin.

Today God continues showing His Power by calling dead men and women to life in the Holy Ark of the Christian church where we preach the power of God in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ crucified. 

Walking through the Red Sea out of a life of slavery and now free to worship God is a wonderful picture of the power of Holy Baptism.  Giving freedom to slaves of sin and death God brings us through the waters of Holy Baptism.  By His Holy Spirit, He gives us faith to know and believe that Jesus’ death on the cross has freed us from our sin.

The power of God to save and restore us is never as clear as it is on the day of resurrection.

Death had claimed Jesus’ life. The final battle for the Son of God was over. His cold body taken down, laid in a borrowed tomb and sealed.  For anyone of us, that would be the end.

Death is or…was….final for man because of our sin.  For Jesus,… His power is too much for death.  On the third day, Jesus rose from deaths strong bands.  The Sinless Son of God defeated our greatest enemy by dying our death,…… and rising on the third day.  Jesus by His power opened the way to eternal life with the Father.

 You dear child of God are so loved that God would use all His power to rescue you. 

You dear child of God are forgiven for every sin that should condemn you. 

You dear child of God will rise again because Jesus has broken the doors of death wide open and called your name just like He said Lazarus come out!  

There is a reason we end the Lord’s prayer with this conclusion.  For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever and ever.  There is no one else who could pay our debt to death and walked out of Hell and the grave.  Only Jesus. 

All Glory laud and honor to Father Son and Holy Spirit. When sin came into the world God did not stop reigning over His kingdom.  He loved it and promised a Savior. 

When a sacrifice had to be made to redeem us Jesus stood in our condemnation.  Forgiving all our sins, Jesus gave us His holiness. Sending the Holy Spirit we now live in faith and joy and peace as God’s family.   

For Thine dear Father Son and Holy Spirit it the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever Amen.

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen.

And now may the peace that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen