From the Pastor's desk

 

Who Will Roll the Stone Away?

It was sunrise on that first Easter morning. Jesus’ disciples, including Mary Magdalene and other women who had experienced Jesus’ death, made their way to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body and pay their respects. It had been a difficult couple of days.

They wondered how they would remove the heavy stone sealing the tomb.They had to be thinking, “Who would roll that giant stone away?”

Upon their arrival Matthew tells us “There was a great earthquake for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled the stone away.” The gospel writers Mark, Luke and John don’t mention the earthquake; they tell us that when the women arrived at the tomb they found that the stone had already been rolled away.

Point is that stone had to be rolled away before Jesus disciples could experience the risen Christ. Point is that big heavy rock had to be moved before Mary Magdalene could hear Jesus call her by name.  All of which has had me thinking: ‘What are the barriers that keep us from hearing Jesus call our name?’ What are the heavy stones that need to be rolled back that would allow us to experience the life the risen Christ has met for all of us?

A few of those stones quickly come to mind. First the ism’s: sexism, racism, classism, ableism (discrimination against individuals with disabilities), anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and materialism. Forgive me; I’m sure I’ve missed at least a few. We can add to the ism’s violence and injustice as things that keep us from living the life God intends.

Rolling the stones away starts by following the example of Jesus. The one who, no questions asked, fed thousands. The one who met and talked with a “foreigner” at the well. Rolling those stones away means following the example of the risen one.

Christ is Risen Indeed,

                                                                   Pastor Tom Hillertz