To answer that question, we won’t want to forget the story of Jesus’ friend Lazarus who was in the ground for four days.
We also won’t want to forget Martha’s response to Jesus for Jesus being late on the scene and Jesus’ answer to Martha about what had just happened, when he says: “Do you want to see the glory of God, or don’t you?”
It is a question Jesus is still asking today, a question that unravels our grief from the past and dismantles our compromises in the present. It is a question that Easter places before us as a new future: Do we want to see the glory of God, or don’t we?
What stones need to roll away? What needs to shift from our past? Is there sadness back there? Missed opportunities? Bitterness? Are there hurts we can’t forget and blessings we can’t remember? Easter that is the moment when the stone from our past begins to roll. Watch it roll!
But what about the present? In what ways have we tried to tame the Lord or keep others at arm’s length, even fail in serving Christ? How are we walking away from commitment? Indeed, how have your dreams turned into more busyness and programmed your life in such a way that there is no more space to imagine life anymore? When was the last time you felt peace?
We all have a stone in our life. Hence the question: “Do you want to see the glory of God, or don’t you?” See how God can move that stone, the one weighing you down; take a moment to imagine your life without it. In fact, see how that stone occupies your attention all the time, or keeps creeping into your mind, placing limitations on your energies and resources. Maybe there is something that God is holding before you and you don’t want to face it. If so, know that the stone is rolling. Easter means that the stone has been rolled away. Ask yourself, “Do I want to see the glory of God, or don’t I?”
For it is Easter! Feel the joy of all your grief and folly and feel the wonder of Christ’s resurrection. Know that the stones of sin and control, of sadness, of death – have been pushed aside. Know that there is more to the story, and it’s not finished. No, it’s just beginning. After all, it is Easter – the day of rolling stones!
Pastor Andy Kinsey