Easter Rolls Away the Stones by Stan Coffey

Easter Rolls Away the Stones
Stan Coffey
Mark 16:1-4

''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. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ''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.''

OUTLINE:

I. JESUS ROLLS AWAY THE STONE OF DISCOURAGEMENT
II. JESUS ROLLS AWAY THE STONE OF DREAD
III. JESUS ROLLS AWAY THE STONE OF DOUBT
IV. JESUS ROLLS AWAY THE STONE OF DEFEAT
V. JESUS ROLLS AWAY THE STONE OF DEATH

It was early that first Easter morning. What little grass grew in that arid climate was moist with the morning's dew. The cool air of early spring breezed through the blossoming branches of nearby trees. The sun crept slowly over the mountains before spilling its light over the rolling desert hills of Palestine. The bright morning star could still be seen in the northern sky-a symbol of hope, a sign that something better loomed on the horizon. But for the small ban of women making their way to the tomb of Jesus, hope was in short supply.

Their spirits had been crushed by the same nails that pierced the hands and feet of Jesus. They were discouraged, disheartened, and defeated. And what they wanted more than anything else was to see Jesus one last time, to honor Him by anointing his body with spices and perfumes (the first century equivalent of laying flowers by his grave side). But as they walked that long, lonely path to the tomb, it suddenly dawned on them. The Bible says they asked each other, ''Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb..'' Two of these women, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, had seen where the body had been placed and knew that a huge stone had been rolled across the entrance to the tomb, so as they approache ...


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