But I know that my redeemer is alive
and afterward he’ll rise upon the dust.
After my skin has been torn apart
then from my flesh I’ll see God,
whom I’ll see myself—
my eyes see, and not a stranger’s.
I am utterly dejected.
(Job 19: 25-27, CEB)
Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit. And it was by the Spirit that he went to preach to the spirits in prison. In the past, these spirits were disobedient—when God patiently waited during the time of Noah. Noah built an ark in which a few (that is, eight) lives were rescued through water. Baptism is like that. It saves you now—not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God. Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at God’s right side. Now that he has gone into heaven, he rules over all angels, authorities, and powers. (1 Peter 3: 18-22, CEB)
The next day, which was the day after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate. They said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will arise.’ Therefore, order the grave to be sealed until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate replied, “You have soldiers for guard duty. Go and make it as secure as you know how.” Then they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard. (Matt 27: 62-66, CEB)
O Lord, in your great mercy, keep us from forgetting what you have suffered for us body and soul. May we never be drawn by the cares of this life from Jesus our Friend and Savior, but daily may live nearer to his cross. (Headley Vicars 1826-55)
God, who did enlighten this most holy night with glory of the Lord’s Resurrection: Preserve in all your people the spirit of adoption which you has given, so that renewed in body and soul they may perform unto you a purse service; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without in end. Amen (The Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1917)
O God, who by your One and only Son has overcome death and opened to us the fate of everlasting life; grant, we pray, that those who have been redeemed by his passion may rejoice in his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. (Gelasian Sacramentary, 5th century)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s pray in Jesus’ name! Now it’s time for you to jump in with your prayers/prayer requests in the comment section (or link up your prayer post!). Let’s also pray for each other! Someone will pray for you/with you. (Because this is a global prayer wall, sometimes – due to the time differences – prayers are not instant. But know that God hears you 24/7! BLESSINGS!
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