The Stone Was Rolled Away

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. Matthew 28:1-4

In these four verses, there’s quite a bit to unpack. The two Marys returned to the tomb to check on it.

Recall there was a violent earthquake when Jesus breathed his last. People near the cross were terrified, plus it became dark and graves were opened.

This earthquake packed even more punch. The Roman guards were terrified of what was happening.

The angel of the Lord rolled away the stone and sat on top of it. Just like that. I have a picture in my mind of this angel in a brilliantly white outfit (with wings) sitting on hands with his chin in his hands, as if to say, “Ho hum. All in a day’s work. Next assignment.”

Or perhaps it was one of excitement, that he had a secret to tell the women but they had to let it set in a few minutes first.

But this assignment would be heard for thousands of years to come, this single event. Millions of books, articles, TV shows, radio productions, and sermons would be preached on this one event in history.

The stone was rolled away.

And the strong, Roman guards couldn’t move an inch. They were stunned, plus their lives were on the line.

The angel was preparing to rock the world in tremendous fashion with the news he had. The news would be what differentiates Christianity from all over religions, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah.

The stone was rolled away.

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