On: September 2, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:4-8
The question “who moved the stone?” remains unanswered. We’re not told. A similar question, which might point us towards the answer, is “WHY was the stone moved?” The risen Jesus was able to walk through walls (John 20:19), so it wasn’t so He could get out of the tomb. It must have been so that the angels (the two gleaming men), could reveal the empty tomb to the disciples. If it was the angels who shoved the stone aside – with some serious angelic muscle – it’s no wonder the guards vanished. They were terrified.
How significant is the resurrection? When God raised Jesus from death, He ratified the new covenant that was put in place three days earlier on the cross. For death is the wages of sin. But Jesus hadn’t sinned, so he must have died for another purpose. For someone else’s sin. Yours and mine. If God hadn’t raised him from death, this would all have been been exposed as a fanciful misreading of scripture. But He did raise Him. He did die for our sins. He heals us. He gifts us eternal life. Not just good stuff in the future, but a whole new quality of life and relationship with our Creator. Starting now.
Father God, just as surely as that tomb stone had been rolled aside leaving the way open for the disciples to see that Jesus had risen, let me never doubt that You have dealt with sin and opened up a way back to knowing You. Amen