This weekend many will attend church services to celebrate Easter but for the believer it is more than hunting eggs and Easter bunnies. Believers will be celebrating the single most important even in Christianity. The Resurrection of Jesus! It is on this foundation that we put our faith believing that Jesus defeated death and the grave, reconciling us to our rightful place of fellowship with God the Father.
Having two little boys I intentionally take time to read the story of how Jesus was crucified, put in a grave and rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of God. As a dad it is my duty and privilege to guide my boys to an understanding of how much God loves them and that He did defeat the devil giving us victory this very moment in time.
As a minister I have both preached and heard many sermons on the resurrection and it’s importance. I want to share one passage with you today that I hope will inspire you to step out in faith and believe God will both provide and lead you to fulfill your destiny.
Mark 16: 1-3 says, “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
Jesus had been put in the tomb and declared dead. A stone had been put in front of the tomb and Roman guards had been assigned to guard the tomb so no one would steal the body. Jesus’ disciples were scattered and confused about his death,yet these three ladies set out to take care of his body.
Three points to consider about this passage:
They bought spices (it cost them something)
They started the journey to the tomb (it required action)
They asked who would roll away the stone? (they asked the right question)
As believers if we are going to accomplish all that God has for us it is going to cost us something. Fully living out our calling might cost us friends, resources, security, a job, pride, popularity, or even money. The important thing to remember is God is the one who provides and in order to have the best sometimes we have to get rid of our mediocrity.
These three ladies knew where they were going they just didn’t know all of the details of how it was going to happen until they got there. Many believers know where God is calling them and they know their calling but fail to move in the direction they should go often because they don’t know how God is going to do it. It requires faith to step out believing God will provide or open the door for us, in this case it was the stone.
Finally, they asked a question, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance?” Some teachers believe we should never ask God for the details, the reality is He knows the answer to your questions so why not ask Him. Instead people ask others how God is going to do something instead of asking Him. The good news is all of their questions were answered when they arrived at the tomb because the stone had already been rolled away. The lesson here is to not only ask the question but trust Him for the answer!
Question: What has God asked you to do that requires you to give something up and move towards it with a faith that believes He has the answer?