“Who will roll the stone away?” As if their task were not challenging enough, this heavy burden lay on the hearts and minds of the women as they made their way to the tomb on Easter morning. They witnessed the execution of their Teacher and Friend on Friday. They were slowing making their march to the cemetery to say their last goodbyes. Now they had to worry about the big stone in their way?
You and I may ask the very same question. Who will roll the stone away—the seemingly insurmountable obstacle that’s looming big before us right now? Problems with health? Relationships? Worried about paying the bills? All of us have stones in our lives - obstacles that impede the growth of our faith.
As it turned out, the stone was no obstacle at all. Jesus had conquered death. He wasn't even in that grave anymore. He was alive!
Who will roll the stone away? Jesus is the master stoneworker. As we celebrate the Easter season, we will be amazed to see what Jesus can do with the stones in our lives.
This coming Sunday we tackle the tough GRINDSTONE. Though we may be embarrassed when our faith is subjected to the grindstone of misgivings and doubt, Scripture is not. As Jesus answers doubts head on, faith finds even more reason for certainty and hope.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 NIV
Hold on just a minute...let me check...Yup, he's still alive. Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!!
April 20 - Gravestone (Matthew 28:1-10)
April 27 - Grindstone (1 Peter 1:3-9)
May 4 - Living Stones (1 Peter 2:4-10)
May 11 - Touchstone (1 Peter 2:19-25)
May 18 - Milestone (1 Peter 1:17-21)
May 25 - Keystone (1 Peter 3:15-22)
June 1 - Cornerstone (1 Peter 4:12-17; 5:6-11)