Rolling Away Stones

Are there stones blocking your path? Really big stones that stop you in your tracks and prevent you from going forward? Today’s devotional, reposted from Rebecca Barlow Jordan’s blog, reminds us who can roll away our stones.


When Mary and the other women approached the tomb after Jesus’ death, they saw an amazing sight. They expected

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of

to see the stone still hiding the tomb, and they needed a way to enter the resting place of their beloved Master. The stone represented a barrier to their goal: to anoint the body of their beloved Master with spices. I’m sure their hearts were still downcast as grief flooded their spirits. “Who will roll away the stone?” they asked one another.

These women were obviously not strong enough to remove it themselves. Some sources say the stone, which rolled along a carved-out “track” in front of the tomb could have weighed more than a ton. How could the women anoint Jesus’ body if the stone blocked the entrance? Imagine the women’s shock when they “looked up” and saw that the stone was gone. Who moved the stone? The gospel of Matthew answers with “an angel of the Lord.”

What About Your Stones?

Have you tried to roll away your own stones, only to realize that no amount of heaving or shoving would budge them? The obstacles are not made of stone, but they seem just as massive and powerful—and you feel helpless to remove them.

Whatever those stones or circumstances are, your “enemy” has been closing the entrance of your heart and mind, until there is no light remaining. You cannot see  read more

(c) 2016 Rebecca Barlow Jordan Used with Permission



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