Hope in the Resurrection

March 20, 2013

Mark 16:1-8

“Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise” (vs.2) Mary Magdalene and some other women were in a hurry to get to the tomb to preserve Jesus’ body. “And they asked each other, ‘who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the tomb?’“ (vs.3).    The large stone had been rolled away; their concern had been answered, their first sign of hope!  Their second sign of hope was the messenger and his message, “He has risen! He is not here”   (vs.6b).  Their third sign of hope was the reminder of the promise Jesus had given them.  “He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you”       (vs. 7).     

Even after all this evidence of resurrection power the women allowed the stones in their hearts to get in the way of all the hope that Jesus’ resurrection power could give them.   Their stones of fear, bewilderment, doubt and unbelief blocked the signs of hope in the resurrection.  In the other gospels the disciples had similar stones blocking the hope in the message, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you” (vs. 7).     

What stones in your life may prevent you from seeing hearing or knowing all that Jesus has for you in His resurrection power.   God’s resurrection power is made available to all believers, “that power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at the right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:19,20).  This resurrection power in the strong name of Jesus can remove those stones of fear, doubt and unbelief that get in the way of seeing hearing and knowing Jesus and the healing message of truth he has for your life. 

 Jesus is our hope.  “He has risen! He is not here”.   Jesus can remove the stones in your life and go ahead of you, so you can see, hear, and know Him by the hope in His resurrection.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you the stones in your life, so you can ask Jesus our hope to remove them.  

Marcia Moskal is a caregiver for the Formational Prayer Seminars at Ashland Theological Seminary. She graduated from ATS with a degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is passionate about positioning people to find healing and growth in the presence of Jesus and lives out this calling through her own counseling ministry.

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