When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so 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 asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:1-3
I, like Mary and the women with her, often wonder how on earth am I actually going to accomplish this task that I know God wants me to do. “Who will roll the stone away?”
They wondered how but that did not stop them from continuing on to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. They wondered “Who will roll the stone away?” But instead of that stopping them from going to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, they pressed on. When they arrived at the tomb, not only was there no need to worry about the stone at the entrance of the tomb, but the greatest miracle in all of history had just been accomplished!
These women were being obedient despite their questions of “How will we accomplish this task?” In their faithful obedience God appeared to them in a BIG WAY! The job they thought they were there to do just dramatically changed when the angel of the Lord told them in Mark 16:6-7 “He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”
On the way to the tomb, the women had each other to bear the weight of their grief together. They had each other to ask the questions like, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” They had each other for encouragement to press forward even though they did not have all of the answers. They had each other to cling to when they were “alarmed” and to rejoice with when they were told by an angel that Jesus had risen. They had each other for support as they were sent to tell others that He Is Risen!
I wonder if Mary Magdalene had started toward the tomb alone, would she have talked herself out of going because she couldn’t see a way for the stone to be moved. If she did have the faith to go, she would have had the task of telling others what she had seen. Knowing that she would be telling men an unbelievable story and had no one to back her up, she might have kept it to herself out of fear.
I must admit that I would probably be paralyzed with grief, questions, doubt, and fear if I were alone on that journey. Without my supportive husband, Brad and the faithful women I walk through life with, I would constantly talk myself out of stepping out in faith. I wish I could say I would be brave enough to do anything on my own but I would be lying. I am constantly bouncing ideas off of the people I trust and asking for their advice. They encourage me to press on when the time is right to move, guide me to stay on His path, and remind me to be still and wait for God when I want to jump ahead of Him (Brad is especially good at that one.)
God knows that we are stronger, braver, and smarter together. He chose to reveal this miracle to a group of women so that one woman would not be overcome with doubt and fear. He chose a group of women so they could support each other.
I am so thankful He intended for us to go through life supported by sisters in Christ, the body of Christ!
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for the loving people you surround me with. I do not deserve them, but in your grace, you give me friends and family anyway. You are such a gracious and merciful God! I pray that every woman who reads this has encouraging and transparent women in her life. If even one woman does not Lord, please open the doors to deep and loving friendships for her. Lord Jesus, help me to always be the kind of wife, mother, and friend you designed me to be: fearless, encouraging, gracious, loving, and truthful. Amen