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Passion Week 2019: The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

April 22, 2019

            For many Easter marks a day of celebration, but that wasn’t the case for Jesus’ friends and loved on the first Easter morning. Jesus’ friends didn’t wake up anticipating his resurrection, they woke up dreading his death.

 

In Mark 16 we find three women headed to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. 1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

 

You don’t buy burial spices unless you’re sure in your mind that the person you’re buying the spices for is in fact dead. Just like the women many of us carry burial spices with us. We look at our dreams, hopes, and purpose and see no other option than death. Death seems to final to us.

 

But, just because it seems final does not mean that God is finished. Your situation may seem bleak or hopeless, but God is not done working on you yet. There’s a new reality on the other side of that stone.

 

As the women walked toward the tomb they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away?” Who will remove the barrier between where we are and where want to go? Who will roll away the stone of doubt, indecision, guilt, and condemnation?

 

The stone has been rolled away!

 

None of these barriers could contain the resurrection life that lay inside that tomb. The very thing that stood between you and God was set aside that Easter morning.

 

4: “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

 

So often we’re scared of what will happen if the stone is rolled away. But God’s goodness will always exceed our expectations.

 

We now have the opportunity to have a real-time encounter with resurrection life.

But that encounter doesn’t end with you. An encounter with God will always produces a sending out and speaking out of what we have seen and heard.

 

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.

 

What will you do with what you have seen and heard?

 

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29