Hope you’ve had a fantastic week!
Recently I was struck by the most significant passage in the Bible, the resurrection. We read about this in all four gospels but this is what Luke writes:
‘Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.’
One thing that strikes me about this passage is that the stone had been rolled away, in Matthew it states that the stone had been rolled away by an angel. For years I’d never thought much about this, I’ve just assumed the stone was rolled away so that Jesus could come out. But that doesn’t make sense. If Jesus rose from the dead surely he’d have had the power to move the stone himself, and even if not we read that a few days later Jesus appeared to his disciples by walking through a locked door.
So what was the point in rolling the stone away? I believe the stone was rolled away not so that Jesus could come out, but so that we, like Mary and the other women, could enter in. As they entered they became witnesses of the resurrection. Essentially we as Christians are witnesses of the resurrection, witnesses of the truth that Jesus is risen and alive. Now we can live and love in freedom knowing that Jesus had defeated sin and risen from the dead.
My prayer for you today is that you would recognise the greatness of this.
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