“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb” (Luke 24:2)
The tomb where Jesus’ body lay took on a different appearance that third day after His crucifixion. No longer was there a huge stone sealing it up hiding the beaten, bruised and bloody body of the King, the stone had been rolled away and Jesus was ALIVE. This is the day we celebrate; this is the day we call Easter.
Mary Magdalene and Mary, bringing spices and oils to anoint Jesus’ body, found the stone rolled away and discovered the empty tomb. I’m intrigued by the fact that the stone was rolled to the side and no longer sealing the entrance when the women arrived. If you think about it, God could have left that one action out and the women would have had the guards move the stone…but the Lord, taking certain measures, took it upon Himself to roll the stone out of the way.
This makes me think of all the stones that have stood in the way of my relationship with Jesus…and it has not been me that rolled them away, but Jesus.
About 5 years ago I distinctly remember a conversation with a good friend from college; she had just given her life to the Lord and was a completely different person. I was so proud of her and a little jealous, I wanted and needed to be back with Jesus, living for Him and not myself. I had strayed but my goodness the thought of coming back to Him was daunting…I remember crying and telling her how many things I would have to change in my life before I could commit myself to Him again. I just didn’t think it was possible, I was too far from Him, too many stones in the way…
Little did I know that exactly 4 months later I would return to the Lord. Completely, wholeheartedly, back in His arms. All those things that I thought I had to be the one to change, were His to change. And change them He did. Radically. Amazingly. An earthquake happened in my soul, I was ALIVE again and all these huge stones were rolled away. Not by me but by my God. Oh friends I am emotional just reliving this!
“‘Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Are there stones in your life that need to be rolled away? Does the task seem too much to bear? It’s not your job to do it, you possibly can’t; only by the power of our Risen King can the stones that hold us back from Him be removed. All you have to do is say Yes, Lord, I’m in. I give. I’m done trying to do this without You it is TOO HARD. Then seek Him and you will find Him, draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Pray to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and you will know a love and freedom like never before. Just wait and watch as He transforms you from the inside out…I want to hear about it too, OK!!!?
I love you all so much. Happy Easter friends.
“I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 36:26)