Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Who Will Roll Your Stone Away?


Seeing the Light:
“And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back-it was very large.” Mark 16:3-4

Walking in the Light:
As we celebrate this season of Lent, I am reminded of the great boulder that was placed in front of the tomb as well as the four Roman Guards place at the entrance to assure that Jesus would remain undisturbed, as they recalled the prediction that Jesus would arise on the third day.
It was the third day after Jesus had been placed in the tomb, and the women were returning to anoint Jesus body, asking themselves “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Some of us are wondering and waiting for someone (spouse, family member, doctor, pastor) or something (job, success, break through) to remove the boulder, thinking, then… we will have joy and experience victory in this life.
Some of us have boulders (sin, pain, hurt, suffering, lost dreams, disappointments, or guilt) that prevent us from seeing the power of God in our lives. We allow circumstances and people to define our worth and our expectations of what God can do in our lives. We are oblivious to the power within us because we allow the presence of these giant boulders to capture our attention. But...if we focus on Jesus we will see that the stones have been rolled out of the way, so that we can walk away from the things that hold us captive. The victory has been won. Through the power of Christ, the boulder is rolled away so that we may walk a bolder, abundant life. 
Reflecting the Light:
  1. That boulder represented all the pain and suffering, ridicule, darkness that took place before the resurrection. If Jesus had focused on the boulder rather than the power of resurrection how would the climax of the resurrection story be different?
  2. What if we as Believers of Jesus allowed the boulders in our life to prevent us from experiencing the power of the resurrection?
  3. What is preventing you from experiencing the joy of your salvation? 
  4. The victory has already been won. Do you have a victory story?  Share it with us.  

Prayer:
Pray that God will help you identify the things is in your life that is preventing you from experiencing the power of the resurrection.