Mark 16:1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
The women were concerned that the dead body of their dear friend and teacher should be properly embalmed before it started to decay. They had watched him suffer a cruel death at the hands of his enemies two days ago, but there had been no time then for this important ritual because the rigid Jewish rules applying to the Sabbath had overtaken them.
As they hurried to the tomb at first light on the first opportunity, with all the necessary paraphernalia, they were aware of one major obstacle – the very large stone they had seen that had been rolled against its entrance.
Nevertheless, they went – and found that God had not only done away with the stone, but had also done away with the need for the spices too! Do we sometimes let the fear of possible obstacles cause us unnecessary anxiety and discourage us from ‘stepping out in faith’, so that we miss an opportunity to experience God’s power at work?
– Bruce Christian