At the Easter Vigil we gather to hold a vigil. We gathered in darkness, just as the women who went to the tomb went there before the dawn.
Our vigil begins in this darkness and the light is carried into the midst of the people, and spreads. We rehearse the story of our redemption, our story. This is the story of the preparation for the Light to come into the world.
As the light grows we welcome new members into Christ’s church through baptism. And then the light blazes as we celebrate the coming of the day of His resurrection, with shouts of Alleluia!
Jesus chose basic elements of our universal human experience to teach us about himself and our world:
Bread. Wine. Water. Darkness. Light.
Light is a fascinating phenomenon. From the days of Jesus until now, Light has been basic to our lives, and we can learn of him through the light.
Darkness is the absence of light. Darkness cannot resist light. Light invades darkness. Jesus came into this world saying, “I am the Light of the World.”
Believe in him. Love him. He is the light in our darkness.
There is a mystery to light, because it behaves equally like a wave and as a series of particles. Both aspects appear to be true of light, even though logically, that would seem to be contradictory.
Christ is both God and Man, two natures in one person. We don’t have an imagination wide enough to hold those two things in some kind of logical relationship. And yet the fundamental nature of light helps us to understand that even in our physical world, there are aspects that we must hold together. We call these mysteries.
Enter personally into the mysteries of Christ. Adore him. Worship him as God who became Man. Celebrate his incarnation and resurrection.
Einstein discovered that light is the fastest moving thing in our known universe. Light is therefore the absolute point of speed. For this reason, the speed of light can be used to help understand and measure space, time, and distance.
Christ is the World’s true light. He is the standard and ground of our life and knowledge. He is our everything and everything is measured by him. He is the one Savior of the whole world.
Trust in him. Measure your life by his love. Follow him in all your ways.
Paul said it this way, in his second letter to the Corinthians: For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Rejoice! The Son of Righteousness has risen. The Light has come!
Greg is the founder of Anglican Pastor. He is an Anglican Priest of the Anglican Church in North America. He served in a non-denominational church before being called into the Anglican church in 2003. He has served as an Associate Pastor, Parish Administrator, and Rector. He currently serves as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Anglican Diocese of the South.