It rolls around every year! Easter! But does it roll like the credits at the end of a movie, or like the stone that was miraculously rolled away from the tomb? We need to ponder this. Because, what you and I believe about the stone means difference between “The End” and “In the beginning.” It’s the difference between a promise broken and a promise kept. A fistful of lies and a tablet of truth. Darkness and light. Life and death.
The stone was, from all human perspective, the very thing that sealed the end of Jesus’ story. The world was done with Him. Finished. Finist, if you were Caiaphas, and the high priests. Terminat, if you were Pontius Pilate and the soldiers who beat Him, flogged Him, pressed a ring of thorns into His forehead and drove the nails into His hands and feet.
That, now infamous, stone separated the disciples from their Rabbi. Friends from Friend. Brothers from Brother. Mother from son. The sick from the Healer. And sinners, like me, from the One and Only, who could forgive my sin and wash it away with His own blood. That very stone! Rolled away. For though his body was broken beyond recognition, carried limp and lifeless from the hill of Golgotha, wrapped for burial, hidden in the cold, dark, tomb, and guarded by Roman soldiers whose lives depended on keeping Jesus right where He was – THAT VERY STONE – was moved out of the way like a grey cloud covering the light of day.
THAT VERY STONE – rock hard – proved once and for all that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus!
Not sin done to us or by us
Not guilt, or shame, or abuse
Not persecution, or bullying, or rejection, or abandonment
Not the removal of our religious liberty
Not a sword, or a knife, or a gun, or a suicide bomber
NO! In ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NIV
NO THING will keep us from Him.
For HE HAS RISEN! Just as He said. SO THERE! Now, let’s go laugh, and sing, and dance, and praise the God who loves us dearly.