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The Last Week: Easter Sunday (8 of 8)
Series: The Last Week of Jesus' Life
In the Louvre in Paris there is a painting of the scene of the cross. In the painting the stars are dead and the world is wrapped in darkness. In the shadows there is a kneeling form. It is Mary. She is holding her hands and lips against the bleeding feet of Jesus. We don't know if Mary ever did this, but we do know she was there and she could have. So it's not surprising that she wants to be there again. She was there that First Easter morning along with other women who had been devoted followers of Jesus (v.1).
Mary Magdalene (v.10) would be the first to see the resurrected Jesus and the first to share the good news that he was alive (Mk. 16:9; Jn. 20:10-18). Mark tells us that the woman brought the spices very early in the morning so "that they might anoint Jesus' body" (v.1) which reminds us that an empty tomb was the last thing on their minds.
He Still Moves Stones (24:2)
The first thing that the woman noticed when they arrived was that the stone had been "rolled away from the tomb" (v.2). Mark tells us that the women had been asking one another on the way to the tomb "who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" (16:3), and that when they did arrive "they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away" (16:4). The women were not expecting the tomb to be unguarded (Matt. 27:62-66), open, and least of all empty. When you consider what these women were doing, you could say that they were women of great faith. They came in faith that day not knowing how it would be possible for them to get past the Roman guards let alone overcome the obstacle of a 2000 pound stone and to enter the tomb. God took care of both! It is amazing how God surprises those who walk by faith. He still moves stones!
Breaking News - "Tomb Still Empty!" (24:3)
Matthew is the only writer to tell us that prior to the women coming that morning, ther ...
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