When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Matthew 27: 57-60
As the sun goes down, Christ is buried in a borrowed tomb. After the pain and agony He looks at rest. He lies here now like a seed buried in the earth and we, with all creation, wait. This is the day of deep, deep silence. We wait and we watch. Yet in the darkness of the tomb and in the shadow of death God continues His work. This is a divine silence from which the Word will be spoken again and make all things new.
There are times in all our lives when we too are in a cold and dark place. Times when we need to invite Jesus into our darkness, into our fear and pain, into our lives sealed against feeling, into our many little deaths. We enter the tomb with Jesus and wait and enter into that holy silence. We wait with for all things to be made new, for our hearts and lives and all creation to be set free from our bondage to sin. We wait for the glory that beckons us and bids us live in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
Almighty God, whose most dear Son lay at this hour in the sepulchre in obedience to your will; may we by your grace be so buried with him that with him we may rise to life everlasting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton.