Very early on Sunday morning . . . they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. Mark 16:2-4 (NLT)
Before Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary even knew there was such a thing as Resurrection morning, the women thought their immediate problem was how to roll away the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb. What they discovered, though, was that the problem Jesus had just solved was much bigger than the problem they thought they had. Jesus had just dealt with the problem of sin and death.
By taking our sins upon Himself and conquering death, Jesus made it possible for us to receive forgiveness. Like the women at the tomb, we see our problems differently when we realize what Jesus has already accomplished on our behalf.
Because You have dealt with our biggest problems – sin and death – we can trust You for the smaller problems we face today. Amen.
Have a blessed Easter – HE IS RISEN!
PS – I took the photo above at Gordon’s Garden Tomb in February 2008, when Jim and I were in Israel for the Jerusalem Book Fair. We didn’t have much time to see sights, but squeezed in a visit here late one afternoon. Although Gordon’s Garden Tomb may or may not be the actual place where Jesus’ body was buried, it probably looks a lot like it.
Taken from Simply Refreshing, by Ellen Banks Elwell, copyright 2008.
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