“Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
– Mark 16:3
When we serve Jesus, He often turns the tables on us and begins ministering to us. He said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus emptied Himself, denied Himself and took on the form of a servant for you and for me (Phillippians 2:7).
When the disciples had asked Jesus where He wanted them to prepare the Passover, Jesus gave them a clear direction. They were serving the Lord in preparation, not knowing they would be served by Him in an even humbler fashion. As supper ended, Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist and began washing their feet. He took the role of a servant performing one of the most humiliating jobs of all. Jesus certainly exemplified His own words when He said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). Make no mistake though, He was no typical example. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the example!
As Mary and the women with her were on their way to serve the Lord after His burial, they wondered how they would roll the stone away. And what a testimony to them! Women off to serve Christ knowing there are obstacles in the way…and they went anyway! What is even more amazing is that the stone was already rolled away for them. Jesus had risen and already took care of their worry. Just as He did by hanging on the cross, dying for our sins, and paving the way to heaven. All obstacles were removed by His blood.
Today, as you serve the Lord, focus less on obstacles that seem to be in the way and allow Him to remove them from your path. Stones are removed by Him, and battles are won through Him. Salvation is only in Him, it is all about Him!
“Those stones that you’re worried about this week, how you’re going to roll them away, don’t worry about them. God’s going to precede you there, and by the time you get there, He’s going to have the whole thing all covered, taken care of. Worry is a needless expenditure of time and energy.”
– Chuck Smith