Buddy often stares at me, cocking his head and listening when I am speaking, as if trying to understand the meaning of what I am saying. However, being a dog, he has a limited English vocabulary and only understands some of what I am babbling.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus Himself didn’t roll away the stone sealing Lazarus’s tomb?
“So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”…So they removed the stone.” John 11:38, 41
He could’ve proven to the crowd of skeptics that He was the Lord God by zapping the stone out of the way or by using superhuman strength to shove it out of the way.
And why didn’t he perform a Marvel superhero event and zap the stone out of His tomb with laser vision or fingers radiating cosmic rays to demonstrate His power to the two Roman guards and prove His deity? I think we can understand why He just didn’t walk through the boulder, because His followers wouldn’t have known that His tomb was empty and that He had risen if the stone was still blocking the mouth of the burial cave.
“And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.” Matthew 28:2-4
I wonder if it’s because Jesus invites others to partner with Him in rolling away the stones in our and other’s lives?
Rolling away stones of poverty.
Rolling away stones of depression and discouragement.
Rolling away stones of sickness.
Rolling away stones of oppression and tyranny.
But God Himself rolled away the biggest stone of all–our sin that keeps us apart from Him. Because the penalty of sin is death, and all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), we must die for our sins. But Jesus, living a perfect life that pleased the Father, was able to die for the sins of humanity, not having committed any sins Himself. He invites everyone into fellowship with Him because He loves us and wants to roll away that stone in our hearts keeping us from experiencing eternal life with Him.
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord (i.e. God in the flesh Who should be obeyed), and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9
Happy Easter! Partner with God to roll away the stones in your life and the lives of others.