Tuesday, 14 January 2020
The stone was rolled away
Let me write a short word of encouragement on this verse. John 20:1 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it is still dark, Miriam from Magdala comes to the tomb. She sees that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb.
Mark, Luke and Matthew all contain consistent versions this account.
Matthew 28:2 "And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of Adonai descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it."
Mark 16:2-4 "Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they come to the tomb. They were saying to each other, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" Looking up, they see that the stone (it was really huge) had been rolled away."
Luke 24:1-2 "Now on the first day of the week, at daybreak, the women came to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. They found the stone had been rolled away from the tomb".
The stone is rolled away! The resurrection eclipses the crucifixion! The stone was not moved for His benefit, but for ours. He wasn't looking out from within the tomb, we were/are looking in from without the tomb.
What a great day. One Shabbat after another (Pesach, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the 7th day Shabbat) is finally concluded. Yeshua can finally be raised up from His resting place and take back His life.
John 10:17 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I may take it up again."
And again ... 1 Corinthians 15:4 "that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures".
Where in the Scriptures? Hosea 6:1-2 "Come, let us return to Adonai. For He has torn, but He will heal us. He has smitten, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His presence."
You might say that Hosea was talking about Israel. He is, but Yeshua if the first of many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
There is a lot in the Hebrew Scriptures that happens on the third day. The deliverance through the Red Sea happened on the third day. Esther went in to the king after 3 days of fasting (Esther 4:16 & 5:1).
There is Jonah and so much more. The reason I focused on this is so that we can pause and appreciate the miracle of the stone being rolled away. That miracle reveals another miracle, the miracle of the resurrection.
John 10:18 ""No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,