Easter Sunday one of the bible passages which our Pastor read was Matthew 28: 1-10.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Both Marys were going to finish the anointing of Jesus which they could not do when he died. In our language, give him a proper burial. They knew when they got there, they would need some help removing the boulder the guards had rolled in front of the grave. Putting a body in a tomb is difficult because he might get up and walk away. No, I am joking. The leaders were afraid Jesus’ disciples would sneak in and steal the body to make it look like He had risen. Thus fulfilling the prophecy.
Can you imagine being the angel picked to leave heaven, roll the boulder away, and then wait on the Marys? There you are on top of this huge boulder, wearing your bright white garment, swinging your legs back and forth, looking like lighting and grinning from ear to ear! You get to scare the guards to death, and then be the first to announce to the women that Jesus has risen!
If it were me, I would be dancing around and singing…
Oh you thought this pebble would hold our Savior in!
Now He is risen and defeated man’s sin!
I can accurately say, I doubt I will ever be an angel. Probably something in the handbook about enjoying scaring the bad guys to death and then gloating about it. Yet, I do wonder how angels get picked for certain jobs. Don’t you?
When I think about the boulder in front of Jesus’ tomb, I think about man’s problems and how many of those problems look like boulders to our human eyes. I know I have had a boulder or two, or three in my life. My boulders are always the ones you can’t go around or climb over. Rolling it away was out of the question, unless I could have rented a large tractor.
Reality is that God is better than a John Deere.
The sad part about my boulders was how long it took me to learn that all I had to do was ask God. To give me revelation and discernment concerning this boulder; and then stop and believe and do what He tells me to do. Now, this does not mean God waves a magic wand and poof, my problem disappears or the boulder shatters into thousands of pebble pieces. Sometimes it is quite the opposite with a lesson to learn and/or a rocky road to walk. Usually a much-needed experience on my part.
What about the boulders in front of your tomb? Have you been trying too long to roll it away all by yourself? Give it over to God! He created them and He can disintegrate all the boulders blocking your way to the life you were meant to live!
As always, pray about it with God. He loves you and wants to talk to you! How blessed are you? Because you have a direct hook up to the one who saved you and will always be with you! Remember you do not have to believe in Him for Him to believe in you.
God Bless You!
God Bless America!