When I ask that question in the title, I am sure you immediately thought of the “great stone rolled to the entrance of the tomb” of Jesus (Matthew 27:60). Knowing who Jesus is and what He said would happen, it is almost laughable that the Pharisees “ordered the tomb to be secure until the third day, lest His disciples go and steal Him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first’” (27:64). All their effort came to nothing!
Turning now to the moment of the resurrection, why was it necessary to roll the stone away from the tomb? Could Jesus not get out of the tomb until it was rolled away? Of course He could!
Peter Marshall says, “The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.” To convince them and prove the power of Christ in resurrection, they needed to look in the tomb, see for themselves that it was empty and see “the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself” (John 20:6-7). A profoundly ordered resurrection!
This is followed by Jesus appearing in person to the eleven disciples. There was another stone that had to be removed. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19).
Is there a stone at the door of your heart that is preventing you from having a close, intimate relationship with the risen Lord? It’s time to let the Spirit roll it away!
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