And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

Mark 16:4


The process began with the gift that God gave to people; so the stone was dislodged.

It continued in a life lived in loving relationship with us, and the stone’s weight was eased.

The accomplishment of the task was secured by Jesus as He surrendered to die as my lamb of sacrifice; then, the stone became weightless. 

Finally, the Christ is alive and death is defeated; so, the stone has no purpose.


Jesus came to live with people just like me, in towns not that different from mine, and during a time in history that I can relate to, and He came as the absolute gift of love from God to His children. Even more important to me, Jesus willingly surrendered Himself into the hands of evil to be sacrificed on the altar of human frailty, anger, and fear so that I could know my Lord and Creator on an intimate and a personal basis.


Then God proved that people’s attempts to control the universe were futile when the battered and torn body of Jesus, the Christ, was raised to life. This is the most wonderful event of all to me, for in and through Jesus, I am alive as well!


The stone of oppression, the weight of sin, the certainty of eternal death are all rolled off of me, and I am freed from the crushing weight of sin which had overwhelmed my soul from my birth. Now I walk through the streets of my town and live out the events of my days with Jesus as my companion and as my guide. The stone was tossed aside and off of my heart by the mighty hand of God, and He lifted me out of my tomb and brought me into His presence forever.