God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 16

JESUS ROLLED AWAY YOUR STONE

And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large.  (Mark 16:2-4)

The women were heartbroken.

The One they had hoped in, believed in, trusted and followed… was dead.  Their hopes were trashed, their dreams dashed, and even on the way to pay their last respects, they knew that the great stone over the mouth of the tomb would likely keep them from saying their final goodbye.

But when they got there, the stone was rolled away, and it was very large.

They expected an obstacle, one last insult to add to the injury.  What they found instead was that the very thing they thought would keep them out, Jesus had done away with so they could be welcomed in!

And when they entered in, they discovered something more glorious than they could have ever expected.

Today, this moment, there may be obstacles in your life that are keeping you from entering in to the life God has planned for you.  They hold you back, hold you down and block your way, and they may be very large.

But the stone was rolled away.

Just like those women’s obstacle to Jesus was removed, so through the cross Jesus has removed the barrier between humanity and God for all who trust in Him.  If you’re in Christ, nothing can keep you from the destiny God has prepared and nothing can separate you from His love!

So, may you trust in Him today with all of your heart, soul and mind.  May you surrender to Him your sin and your sadness, your failures and fears, and find hope in this truth: Jesus rolled away your stone.

-Pastor Phillip


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