Early in the morning on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Salome bring spices to the grave site of the Lord to anoint His body. Along the way, one or perhaps all of them ask, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?”
The women know a large stone covers the entrance to the tomb. They see Joseph of Arimathea wrap Jesus’ body in linen, place it in the tomb, and roll a stone against the entrance. The women know a huge barrier stands between them and the body of Jesus. Yet, they are prepared for the anointing. They carry the spices with them.
Perhaps they figure the three of them will be able to move the stone. At any rate, they continue on. Perhaps it doesn’t occur to them that they might move the stone. Perhaps Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome approach the grave site believing the barrier will be removed for them.
How many times do we face a huge barrier between ourselves and our objective for the Lord? How many times do we just stop moving forward, give up, go home? How many times do we ask, “Who will roll the stone away?” and fail to anticipate the positive answer from God.
Father God, help us anticipate in faith Your removal of all obstacles to Your will for us. In Jesus’ Name, amen.