Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Stone was Rolled Away

 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. Mark 16:2-4 New Living Translation

Last Sunday, Easter, we celebrated the empty tomb. The stone had been rolled away and Jesus had risen from the dead. As Christians we know that this act granted us forgiveness from sins and that at the time of our deaths we will be raised as well.

But who wants to think only of dying? Does being a believer mean all we have to look forward to is our last breaths on this Earth?

That’s where the stone comes in, a large stone, so large that it had taken several of the Roman soldiers to roll it into place. The women who went to the tomb that first Easter to care for Jesus’ body had no idea how they would ever roll that stone away.

Yet, God had barely lifted a finger to move it. He barely has to lift a finger to remove our heavy stones, the burdens of our lives. There is no weight, no physical affliction, no emotional pain that is weighing us down that is too much for God to eliminate.

Lord, God, thank you for sending Your only Son to cure of us our sins. Help us to find peace and joy in knowing that the stone was rolled away. Amen
When I starting writing this post, I had a picture in mind that I wanted to use. It is of a huge boulder which rolled into a house near Alma, Wisconsin, many years ago. I could not find that picture or any of the pictures I took between 2008 and 2010. As disappointing as that is, I guess God wanted me to use a different picture. This is from the Wari Ruins in the Andes mountains of Peru. I was there in 2009, and the pictures from that trip are the only ones I seem to have from that year. 

Rock in the house at Alma 

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