Friends, let’s take a moment and look back at this past year, last Easter to this Easter. I’m sure we could all say that a lot has happened in our lives, good and bad. For example, I graduated high school and moved away to college. Maybe you did to. Or maybe you got married. Maybe you got a promotion at work, had a baby, or accepted Christ into your life for the first time. Let’s look at the other side, the not-so-good side of things that may have happened between last Easter and this Easter. Maybe you, or a close loved one, got some bad news from the doctor. Maybe you lost your job, or your marriage began to fall apart, or you have just had a sense of anxiousness and stress that you just can’t seem to shake.
A lot can happen in a year. I’m sure some of us have experienced many of these things and a multitude of each of them. I know I have.
Today, I want to focus on the things that have been placed in our lives in the past year that may have seemed bad. Like the stress of losing a job, or the nervous thoughts about the report from the doctor. These are all things that hold us back. Why? Because they are constantly controlling our every thought. We are always thinking about how to find a new job so we can provide for our families. Or what the next step is to recovering from this disease that has taken over our bodies. We let the stress of not being able to pay our bills on time consume us. We let things steal our joy, our hope, and sometimes our life.
Let’s look at Jesus around the time of His death. First, I would like to point out that Jesus was betrayed by His very own disciples. These are the people that followed Jesus day and night. They learned from Him. Jesus spent a lot of time teaching them. And what did they do? They betrayed Him. They gave Him over to the Roman Council. They ran away and abandon Him.
Secondly, I would like to point out that when Jesus was given over to the Roman Council, He was whipped. He was beaten. Flogged. They were not nice to Him, rather they did horrific things to Him. They made Him carry His own cross that He would later be hung on, that He would die on.
Lastly, I would like to point out that Jesus died, Jesus was hung on the cross. After all that He did, all the miracles, all the healing, all the preaching and teaching, being betrayed by those that may have been the closest, and then beaten and whipped, Jesus dies.
Scripture then tells us: “And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.” (Mark 15.46)
Jesus was placed in a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it.
Jesus was going through a pretty rough time; actually that’s an understatement. It was downright horrible. Some of you have experienced horrific times. We can call these hard times “stones”. We can call the betrayal of Jesus a big stone in His life. The stress, the doubt, the worry, the fear, the pain that comes with all the bad things that happen to us in life, they are all stones! Stones that hold us in the tomb; or in “death”. We’re not living beyond Good Friday where LIFE is. These stones that make us feel sheltered and hold us back from doing anything else.
But, there is hope in light of this my friends. As we know, Jesus did not stay buried in the tomb.
“And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” (Mark 16.4-6)
When Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, went to go to the tomb to visit Jesus after three days, the stone was rolled away. They couldn’t believe their eyes, but it was true. The stone was no longer holding Jesus in the grave. Jesus sat there and told them not to be alarmed or afraid, but that Christ had risen!
Friends, we can have this same resurrection life and power in our own lives. Why are we letting these stones in our lives hold us to the dead things in our lives? Give them all to Jesus and let Him roll the stones away! It may seem like our stones seem petty to the stone Jesus dealt with, and maybe in a sense they are, but Jesus is not going to let that stand in the way of you receiving His resurrection life!
Do not let these stones hold you in the grave any longer friends!! Let our resurrected King resurrect you! Listen to Pastor Aaron Taylor’s sermon series, “Who Is This Man?” to learn more about how Jesus removes the stones in our lives. Friends, I urge you, do not let these stones of life hold you back anymore! Seek the Risen King! Seek the Stone Mover!
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