Easter Sunday: “Who Will Roll the Stone Away?”

Scripture: Mark 16:1-20

As the women came to the tomb to prepare Jesus body for burial, they already had a difficult task ahead of them. This was the man they had followed, believed in, and loved, and now he was dead, killed in the most horrific fashion imaginable. And now they were come to wash, clean, and wrap his body for his final internment. It was over. It was all over. But that wasn’t the only hard part; there was something much more physically difficult that had to be done first. The stone had to be rolled away from the tomb to even grant them entrance, and there was no way that they could do that.

So they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away?”

An excellent question with an even more wonderful answer.

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

“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.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.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Now, God is great and capable of all things but there are paths and parts to which WE are specifically called. These women were the first called to spread the news that Jesus had risen from the dead; that was their stone to roll. But they were afraid to do so. Until they saw Him for themselves.

Who will roll the stone away? The answer is: you are. Those of us who have experienced the love and grace and mercy of God, what stones can we roll away? What part has God called us to play? Is there somewhere we can show love, kindness, generosity, mercy, truth, or strength and so roll away a stone and open a path to God? God is alive! But how can others know that if we do not tell them, do not show them through our lives? How can they see if we do not roll the stone away?

Whatever that stone is, take that step of faith, place your hands against that stone, and act in bold faith and love to roll it away.

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