“Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome… on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, …were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”.

Mk 16:1, 2, 3 NIV

Easter Day is a time for celebration. Christians of all nations and denominations rejoice at the joyful good news, “Jesus is risen”. But when those first three women went to the tomb, before the sun was fully up, they went with a problem. They had bought spices to embalm Jesus’ body. But how would they get into the tomb?

Maybe they could persuade the soldiers who were keeping guard over the tomb? Maybe they would have to go and fetch some of the disciples? Maybe together they could manage it themselves? They not only went in sadness and sorrow, grief and shock. They went with a real practical problem. From where would they rustle up the muscle to get in and do their love’s last work of devotion?

They would probably never have believed if they had met someone on the way and asked them their question and had been told the correct answer. The answer was that it was already rolled away. A miracle of God had happened. The resurrection of Jesus was God’s mightiest miracle. All the previous miracles Jesus had performed were leading up to, and were announcements of, this one. The stilling of the storm, the feeding of the multitude, the healing of so many people, the raising of Lazarus were all preparatory works of God.

God not only works in normal human ways. He doesn’t only let nature take its course. He has his own ways that are past our understanding. We should never doubt him.


Lord, thank you for all that Easter means.