Posted by: springsinthedesert | July 26, 2010

Roll That Stone Away

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.

          Mark 16:1-4
I have read this portion in the bible many times in my life. Whenever I read these verses, I imagine the crucifiction and also think how the ladies might have felt after Jesus was buried. The passion to do everything for the Lord, might have urged them to get up early in the morning and go to the tomb. There were many things to consider before going to the tomb. The stone was heavy and they could not roll it, it was under the seal of the Roman laws and also Roman officials were guarding the tomb of Jesus. But none of these things prevented them from going to the tomb early morning. All they knew was that they want to see Jesus’ body and anoint Him.

Why do you think that the stone was rolled away? Do you think that it was for Jesus to go out of the tomb while He was resurrected. Absolutely not. It was for the ladies and the disciples to go into the tomb and see that Jesus has risen. Jesus knew that though the diciples walked with him, saw all the miracles and know everything about His crucifiction and resurrection; they needed to see the empty tomb to believe strongly in the faith they follow. Thats the reason why the huge stone was rolled away for them to see and believe in Jesus who resurrected from the tomb. Do not think that it was only for the disciples, it applies to this generation disciples too.

In our walk to see Jesus, what is that big stone, which is hindering us from seeing the resurrected Jesus? which is the stone that is preventing us from enjoying the resurructed power in our lives? some stones are big, some are small, some we keep ourselves, some others keep in front of us preventing us from seeing Jesus. Jesus is risen, so that we all will expereince the power of resurrection. Romans 6:3-5 says  Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

Do the circumstances you are living in prevent you from seeing Jesus? Fear, pride, your own logics and understanding, all these things can block you from seeing the light. Think of a candle lit and kept under a basket. Through the weaving of the basket, you may see light coming out, but do you see the fulness of the light until you take the basket away. But remember, God looks at your willingness to run to Him inspite of your unfavourable conditions. He will roll that huge stone away for you because He knows you cannot do it by yourself. But only if you are ready to meet Him without considering your time and circumsances. If you read the gospels, you can see that Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene. He looks at your heart, he knows you are disturbed the most, he has collected all the tears you have shed. He cannot just pass you and go without first coming to you. He will roll away that stone for you because He wants you to experience the power of resurrection and run to spread the good news to many. Run to Him.

Dont worry thinking how big that stone is? Your strength may not be enough to roll that away. But you believe in a God who is able to do the impossibilities for you. Also think about the stones that you have put in front of your path to Jesus. Confess those stones and have a willing heart to roll it away. Seeing your willingness, the heavens will roll it for you.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  Psalms 28:7

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. Psalms 89:15

In Him,

Rani John



  1. God bless you, Rani! How I stopped when I read “what stone is hindering us from seeing Jesus?” Sometimes my own heart can be like a stone, that needs rolled and softened in His hands, turning back to clay that He can mold. May what I see and experience through hurt and pain not stop me from knowing Him and His risen power. 🙂 You are such an uplifter! love, deb

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