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Why the Stone Rolled Back

The last several days a thought has preoccupied my mind. It’s one concerning Jesus’ resurrection that I had never actively considered previously.

Why was the stone rolled away?

A heavy stone was in front of the tomb to secure Jesus’ body as well as guards placed there to ensure no one tried any funny business (Matthew 27:66).

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. –Matthew 28:2

None of the gospels say that Jesus was waiting on the angel to come and let Him out. We know every time He appeared to the disciples after this, he didn’t care anything about using doors. Stones, doors, walls–nothing was an obstacle to Jesus’ resurrected body.

So why move it? When Jesus went to raise Lazarus from the dead in John 11, He told them to take away the stone (verse 39). Man’s effort was part of the equation in seeing God’s power released and a miracle happening.

When Jesus rose, it was the will of the Father to establish resurrection life not through one iota of man’s effort but fully dependent on heaven. He moved the stone to let all who came know that death no longer had power to dominate!

It was a pulling back of the figurative curtain to expose that like the Wizard of Oz, this great and powerful force was not as strong or undeniable as he had claimed.

The rolling away of the stone was not for Jesus’ benefit, but ours.

You have an invitation to look into the darkest of circumstances, the vilest of the vile, and understand there is no sting any longer, only victory.

Death, where is your sting
Grave, where is your victory
He’s alive, He’s alive
He is risen

I pray you’re encouraged today to look again where you thought death had won. Maybe it looked hopeless–for one or two days–but nothing can stop the third day from coming.

The One who is Resurrection and Life has opened up a way for all who would believe. This is the hope of glory, Christ in us (Colossians 1:27).

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday!

May we be more and more aware of His goodness, grace, and victory as we meditate on His perfect salvation!

What are your thoughts on this? What makes you stand in awe of God?


  1. He is risen!!! Happy Easter, Jason!

    • Hope you had a blessed Easter, Martha! Ours was beautiful and full in every sense. Thanks so much. 🙂

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