And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Others, like Dr. Jowett, have caught the precious lesson of these verses. How often have we set out expecting trouble and dreading difficulty ahead, to find upon arrival that God had ‘rolled away the stone’! Like the lepers in Samaria’s gate, we venture forward, to find that God has scattered the enemy.
What ‘stone’ lies ahead of you? You are wondering how you will get it rolled away, you lie awake all night making plans to remove tomorrow’s obstacle. And how often have you reached the place appointed, to find that God had anticipated your dilemma.
Some stones we can roll away. ‘Take ye away the stone,’ commanded Jesus at Lazarus’ grave. Some hindrances we can remove, and we must if the miracle is to follow. But the stone that is too big for us God’s angel can handle.
Some saints in weakened condition wonder how it will be when they come to death. Fear not. The grave could not hold Jesus nor will it hold you. For Him the stone which enemies thought they had made sure would hold Him in the grave was turned into a throne of triumph with an angel sitting on it.
Do not walk in dread. God’s angel will arrive at the dilemma first. Are you looking for stones ahead or angels ahead?