When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Mark 16: 1-8
The stone was such a powerful symbol for the women as they walked to the tomb. How would they move the stone? How would get they get past this obstacle, this symbol of death and ending and anoint the body? Who was going to roll away the stone?
But then they arrived at the tomb. The stone is already moved from the opening. How did that happen, what did it mean? What does this moved stone represent now? They looked inside the opening to the tomb, and sitting before them was a man who told them that Jesus had risen. The place where Jesus’ body lay was empty.
What did the moved stone mean? The moved stone symbolized the resurrection, new life, and the fulfillment of all their dreams and expectations. It is true that the fulfillment did not come in the manner they expected. God often moves in unexpected ways. Who moved the stone for them? God did. God did what they could not do. God moved the stone and that moved stone represents a new relationship with God. The moved stone means a new life, in a new day, in a new way.
What obstacles are in the way of achieving our goals? Trust that God will help us conquer them. When we look at the moved stone we see the opportunity for a new day. We see the opportunity to look at life differently. We see the resurrection as a new beginning. Today is the Lord’s Day. Let’s praise him, thank him, love him, and put our faith in him and allow him to help us move away the stone and all obstacles in our way to reach our destination.