In Mark 16, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome set out to anoint Jesus’ body prior to burial. As far as they were concerned, Jesus was dead. They’d witnessed his horrific death and with the death of their Lord, so to their hopes and dreams.
We know the end of the story is different; but at the time, they didn’t. They still spent their money to buy spices, and got up super early, to get to Jesus. Love compelled them. They set out expecting to find a dead man, and ended up encountering the risen Jesus! They expected one thing, and found the complete opposite.
I don’t know about you, but much of life, not just our walk with Jesus, can be like that. You expect to hear something negative from the doctor, but instead realise it’s just a cold and you’ll live to fight another day! Or, you go expecting some antibiotics, and are rocked by news that means uncertainty for you and your family. Or that job, that relationship, that house move that promised so much; when it came down to it, it just wasn’t all that. You expected one thing, and it turned out to be completely different.
With Jesus, he never disappoints, never fails and never ever lets us down. When we set out to find Jesus, we may have questions, we may have doubts; but as we set out WITH our questions and uncertainties, rather than waiting for all of our questions to be answered, we find hope and life and faith right there. For Mary Magdalene and her friends, the stone was a pretty huge obstacle. But it didn’t stop them setting out; they went anyway.
And when they got there, the very thing that could have stopped them setting out in the first place had already been removed! Jesus had made a way. I don’t know what obstacles stand between you and God this Easter. But I do know that whatever it is, Jesus can remove them – in fact, He already has – we just need to receive Him by faith and step into all that has for us.
There’s no stone this side of heaven that’s too big for our stone moving Jesus. Ask Him to reveal himself-to you; you won’t be disappointed. He removes the obstacles not just to save us, but to give us fullness of life both this side, and the next side of eternity.
Have a happy, peaceful and Jesus centered Easter.