“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an
angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came
and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it”
(Matthew 28:2 NKJV)

The Stone

When they took Jesus from the cross,

They laid Him in a tomb.

Now the Sabbath had ended,

The day dawned, filled with gloom.

The women’s hearts were heavy

At what had taken place.

Deep pain was in their hearts,

You could see it on each face.

These women, some of His friends,

Were sadly walking to His grave.

It was hard not to weep;

It was hard to be brave,

This one last service they could do

For the One they had loved,

Spices for His body,

For the gentle fallen Dove.

Heavy on their minds

Was the stone at the door.

How would they gain entrance

To do Him service just once more?

Roman soldiers were on guard;

How would they get past?

A seal was ordered by Pilot

To hold His body fast.

But on they trod, facing the stone

In grief, following their hearts.

At least they’d do their best;

They would try to do their part.

Now they’ve arrived at the tomb—

Should they laugh or should they cry?

The stone was rolled away

By an angel from on high!

What a wondrous sight they beheld,

As the message was proclaimed,

“He’s not, He has risen!”

Victory and triumph had replaced His shame.

The stone that had worried them

Was set beside the tomb’s door

And an angel sat on it

To prove death was conquered forever more!

What is your stone? What is hampering your progress?
 What is blocking your pathway? There are no stones
 that are larger than God! NONE! The women hugged
 their broken hearts to their bosoms, and their
emotional upheaval blinded them to the words of
Jesus that He would arise from the grave.

Thomas got all the bad press as a doubter, but the
truth was they all doubted. They all looked at the stone
 and couldn’t see the empty tomb. But the stone had been
 moved! And an angel sat on it! Like the conqueror after
 a war, the angel had his foot on the neck of the
enemy—the stone. The stone represented the death
of the Messiah – Satan’s goal; but the angel sat on the
offensive rock while the Rock of Ages arose to
conquer death, hell and the grave!

Satan tries to keep us burdened with our own stones,
grief and doubts so that we aren’t able to bear one
another’s burdens. Ours plus theirs is just too much to
bear. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for
 you” (1 Peter 5:7). Casting all our care “on Him” does
 more than just relieve us of the burden; it frees us to
bear one another’s burdens. Paul wrote to the
Philippians (4:6) “Be careful for nothing” or “Don’t
be anxious about anything.” In our state of anxiety,
we are unable to care for others. “Let each of you look
 out not only for his own interests, but also for the
 interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV).

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of
 Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NKJV). Is it any wonder that
our enemy wants us to be so burdened with our own
stones that we take the attitude that “I am doing
 well to bear my own. Don’t give me yours.” To
“bear one another’s burdens” is fulfilling the law of
Christ! This verse doesn’t give us license to burden
another with something that we can take care of
ourselves. We are told that “each one shall bear
his own load (burden) (Galatians 6:5).

No, those are not contradictory verses. Two different
Greek words were used in the expressions. For each to
 bear his own mean a normal load a donkey could carry,
 while bear one another’s burdens referred to a load
that would break a donkey’s back. God doesn’t desire
that we be whiners, refusing to take responsibility for
what He has put in our hands to take care of. But
neither does He want us to try to carry a load that
will break us down.

What then shall we do? We can do this: Move
every stone we can handle alone (with God’s help,
of course) that is blocking our path; but when the
stone is too big for us, let another help us lift it and
then we can both sit on it! Our helper shares in
 our victory, because they have shared our burden
 and helped us overcome it.

Don’t let the stone stay on the door that leads to your
victory. Roll it away if you can. If it’s too much for
 you, allow another to help like the angel helped the
women who came to Jesus’ tomb. God knows if
your stone is just a sand rock that you can easily
chip away or granite which requires His hammer
to break. When the stone is removed, sit on it!
The door to victory has been opened and no
man can shut it. Roll the stone over the door
of defeat and leave your doubts behind the
darkened door, locked up behind you.

Picture yourself, the victor, sitting on the stone that
Satan thought would cause you to stumble, your foot
on his neck. Satan has no secret stones. God sees
 every one and has already made provision for their
 removal. Keep wending your way toward the goal,
 just as the women trudged to the tomb not knowing
how they would manage. The stone looming before
 them didn’t keep them from going with every
intention of carrying out their mission.

When you are troubled with fear and doubt, remember
 the angel sitting on the stone proclaiming victory—
“He’s not here. He has risen!” If you feel there is a stone
 blocking your way, just keep going. Continue to fulfill
your mission, because when you get to the stone, you
 will find that God already has an angel to roll it
 away. Just climb up there with him and sit on it
with your foot on Satan’s neck!

To unbelievers, the Precious Stone that was made head
of the corner is a “stumbling stone and rock of offense”
(1 Peter 2:8). But the day will come when that Stone will
 fall on them with no remedy, while the living foundation
Corner Stone will stand forever.

The Rock of Ages will remove your stone. He might
 even use a visible “angel” (from the body of Christ)
 whom you will see sitting on it. Cling to the Stone
that will stand forever as a sure anchor. “Behold I
lay in Zion a Chief cornerstone, precious, and he
 who believes on Him will by no means be put
 to shame” (1 Peter 2:6 NKJV).

Don’t stumble over the stone hindering you, sit on it!

Delores Adams
Copyrighted. All rights reserved.
July 13, 2003


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