Easter Is About Removing Stones

Is God dead? That’s the question debated in the new movie, God’s Not Dead. If you haven’t seen it, you can view the movie trailer here. People may answer that positively or negatively, strangely enough, according to their past or present experiences with a living God.

The debate is not a new one. For centuries people have chosen to believe or disbelieve in a God who not only rules the Universe, but One who offers a personal, loving relationship with the ones He created.

After viewing the movie–and I do recommend you see it–I think our capacity to believe may have to do with stones. Ones like the massive stone in front of Jesus’ tomb. That’s why I decided to share this post again with you this Easter. I hope it challenges you–and helps you find freedom to believe. And before you leave today, read to the end and think about joining me below in a powerful Easter Declaration!

Who Will Roll Away Your Stone?

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of www.HolyLandPhotos.org

 

Do you have stones stuck in deep ruts at the entrance of your heart—stones of fear, rebellion, despair, or discouragement? Do they loom so large, you surrender at the thought of even trying to remove them?

Easter is about removing stones.

When Mary and the other women approached the tomb after Jesus’ death, they saw an amazing sight. They expected to see the stone still hiding the tomb, and they needed a way to enter the resting place of their beloved Master. The stone represented a barrier to their goal: to anoint the body of their beloved Master with spices. I’m sure their hearts were still downcast as grief flooded their spirits. “Who will roll away the stone?” they asked one another.

These women were obviously not strong enough to remove it themselves. Some sources say the stone, which rolled along a carved-out “track” in front of the tomb could have weighed more than a ton. How could the women anoint Jesus’ body if the stone blocked the entrance? Imagine the women’s shock when they “looked up” and saw that the stone was gone. Who moved the stone? The gospel of Matthew answers with “an angel of the Lord.”

What About Your Stones?

Have you tried to roll away your own stones, only to realize that no amount of heaving or shoving would budge them? The obstacles are not made of stone, but they seem just as massive and powerful—and you feel helpless to remove them.

Whatever those stones or circumstances are, your “enemy” has been closing the entrance of your heart and mind, until there is no light remaining. You cannot see a way out—or in. You speculate, “Who will roll this stone away?” You don’t know where to turn, but you know you want the stone removed.

Then you “look up” in faith, and what you see is truly amazing. You see  not stones, but pebbles, not darkness, but daylight. There is a huge opening, and maybe you hear a faint divine whisper in your spirit, “I have already rolled the stone away.”

Easter Is About Removing Stones

Easter is all about removing stones. When those barriers disappear, hope emerges from the other side—new life in Christ. But remember, it is God who specializes in stone removal. Whether you are looking for a way in or a way out, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus’ death and resurrection opened the door to new life. The “stones” that imprison us or block our path have no power to destroy us. There is only One who can roll away your stones and bring joy, new life, and freedom through Christ.

That’s part of the Easter message. And that’s where our hope lies. Keep looking up!

“Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?“ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away”  (Mark 16:2-4 NIV).

What About You?

What stones are you dealing with? What stones has God already rolled away? What do you think?

Join Me in an Easter Declaration

The God’s Not Dead movie encouraged everyone to text those words, “God’s Not Dead,” to those in your contact list. I’m asking you to do something else, something similar. After Jesus rose from the dead, the early Christ followers greeted each other with the words, “Jesus Is risen!” And the other would respond, “He is risen, indeed!”

So here’s the deal. Beginning today, start an Easter Declaration. Stuff the comments section below with these words: “Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!” Share this blog on facebook, wherever. Then as you text, e-mail, Twitter, facebook, or whatever you do daily, and especially on Easter, share your Easter Declaration: Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! Wouldn’t it be fantastic to share a million or more Easter declarations!

Yes, indeed. God’s not dead! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

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    8 Responses to “Easter Is About Removing Stones”

    1. abraham on April 6th, 2010 3:58 am

      am a sinner, clearly i had confessed all small & big sins.
      My emotional hurry, troubled mentality, small sins are always happening, I cannot say truth I have lie, time & again it hurts,
      pls advice how i can over come
      b.regards,

    2. Rebecca on April 7th, 2010 8:46 pm

      Abraham, I would recommend a book by Neil Anderson, called “Victory Over Darkness.” You can find more about it under Other Good Book Reads on my freebie/resource page on my website. I think it would be extremely helpful to you. We will be praying for God to give you the victory you long to find.

    3. Dawn on March 25th, 2013 10:38 am

      Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for this article. It’s wonderful!!
      Happy Easter to you, and yours.

    4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 26th, 2013 9:44 am

      Thank you, Dawn! A blessed Easter to you, too!

    5. Jen on March 27th, 2013 6:24 pm

      I loved this Rebecca. I’m working so hard on this new book and I find myself facing a stone of fear that I won’t get it done on schedule. I’ve been reminding myself that God is helping me move that stone and your words have re-enforced that reminder. Blessings to you!

    6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 27th, 2013 8:09 pm

      Thanks, Jen, for stopping by. May God lay His hand on your heart, your mind, and your fingers and make them fly as you complete your project!

    7. Norma on March 29th, 2013 6:22 am

      Good Morning,
      First of all I want to wish you and yours a blessed Easter.
      I am so thankful for the many stones, the Lord has rolled away from
      my life, and I am soooooooooooooooo glad he is not done with me.
      The lord has rolled away anger and deep hurt from me, and is giving me his prescious peace in the mist of this family realtionship
      storm.
      I so look forward to reading the emails i get from you. God bless
      you for all that you do,
      In his love, Norma

    8. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 31st, 2013 10:14 pm

      Thank you, Norma. And thanks for sharing those encouraging comments about what God has done for you.

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