Mark 16:1-8 Rolling Stones Easter JUMC 21020408:0900

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid. [NRSV]

The stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty

Who will roll away the stone?
Mary and Mary were quite worried about the task awaiting them at the cemetery. The Sabbath was over and work needed to be completed. The very act of going to finish the embalming preparations is witness that the women were not anticipating a resurrection.

The greatest worry of the day was that no one would help them. But they went to work at the cemetery even though they might not even be able find access to the tomb. Sometimes in grief we do things that reflect that our minds and our hearts are not on the same channel. So it is for the Marys.

But this is sometimes true even when we are thinking clearly. We are looking at the work “WE” think needs to be done when other tasks are more important. Is It more important to stay at work 30 more minutes or to spend thirty more minutes with our child or grand child going over spelling words or listening to their dreams and fears?

In one of the last conversations I had with my father he shared that he wished he had spent less time at work and more time with us while we were at home. Jesus pointed out to Martha that Mary had made the best judgment call to let the dinner preparation for the big festival meal wait, because the spiritual meal was already being shared. For me the Easter story cries out for me to review, reflect and examine what work I am doing compared with the work God wants and calls me to be doing.

Focusing and worrying about what appear impossible does not move the heavy stones in our lives.

Easter Sunday is about SEEing what God has done, what God IS doing and what God is ABOUT to be doing…
God already had a plan for the impossible and had moved the obstical away… this is witnessed in Jesus
God has been at work while we asleep… long before any of us were born or join this or any church, God was here.
God knows we need witnesses and messengers… sending the angels and calling us to be messengers to others.

That first Easter Sunday, the first day of the week God has been at work long before we showed up…
And that work has been for our benefit.

While we focus on the physical, asking questions and fear of our weakness, God makes ready a greater strength.
This is the message for us to see, hear and meet face to face…
Sunday Is God’s work day… working for our benefit, faith and life.
Christ died for our sake
He arose for our life

So What?
Do we run away afraid, scared and overwhelmed with the word and witness that Christ has new work for us?
Hear the old story in a new way: Christ lives so that we can live in Christ… not continue to move stones.
That day is passed. Trust God to move the mountains, Don’t be scared.. Don’t keep silent. Go tell all who are afraid.

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