Easter has come and gone, yet my thoughts keep returning to a passage read several days ago. Let’s revisit the tomb today …
When the Sabbath was over, a few headed to the tomb with some spices. Arising very early, probably just around sunrise, their intent was to anoint the body. Talking among themselves, they asked one another:
“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:3, NASB)
They knew before heading out that the tomb had already been sealed with a large stone, which would be impossible for women to move. Only as they were on their way did they realize their dilemma.
But arriving, they saw that the stone had been rolled away.
I have gone back to read the account several times and marveled at this question. But are we any different than those at the tomb on that early morning? Not sure.
We often question the dilemmas we face in our lives. Who will help us, change them, or roll them away?
On that early morning, the women discovered their dilemma was already resolved:
“Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.” (Mark 16:4, NASB)
“The angel rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb, not to let the living Lord out, but to let unconvinced outsiders in.” (Donald Barnhouse)
We can so easily forget or overlook that God goes before us. He goes before us and make the rough places smooth. He changes the hearts of people, He changes circumstances, and He changes us as well.
“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22, NASB)
“Each burden we have to carry has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)
The question still being asked –
“Who will roll the stone away for us?”
The answer remains – Jesus.
Last week Jennifer shared two posts which shared a common theme: Kindness. In her post, “What Causes Compassion Fatigue“, she offered this wisdom: “Kindness goes along way, we need to be kind to each other, as well ourselves!” In the other post, “How to Deal With Sadness”, was this tidbit: “So let us be kind to ourselves when we feel sad & grieving.” Both posts are well worth your time so just click on the titles.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.