In the world but not of it

October 9, 2010

For our sake…

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The stone had been rolled away from the entrance. John 20:1

The Bible presents us often with brief statements of profound truth that are not as obvious to us at first but only really come alive as we ponder and meditate on their meaning. Look for these phrases and statements as you study the word and they will enrich your life.

This passage is one such statement. At first, knowing that Christ is resurrected we expect the stone to be rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. But the stone was not rolled away for Jesus to get out but rather for us to get in.

Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) – He is not restricted by a stone. A physical rock cannot contain Him. The stone was rolled away for our sake not His. It was rolled away so that others may enter and see for themselves that what Jesus had told them was true.

It is just like our Lord to meet us where we are at a moment in life. He knows what we need in order to move forward in our faith and not falter. He knows that often we come to terms with what He is doing in stages.

Like here, first the stone is rolled away so that others may come in and begin to see, then after seeing they believed that He was risen although they didn’t fully understand the scriptures at this point. Jesus then makes it more personal, He appears to Mary, and then He appears to His disciples. In one progressive act after another the Lord sheds continuous light on what had occurred until the Light of the world stood clearly before all of them.

The stone was rolled away from the entrance so that we could enter. God removed the obstacle to their faith that morning and He has done the same for us so that we may enter and have great joy as we enter God’s presence (1 Thessalonians 3:9b).

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