I do love rocks. I have all kinds in my front yard around my flower bed and in my yard for stepping stones. I have purchased some of them but many of them have been picked up along the side of the road or at construction sites. I have stopped and asked the workers if I could have any left overs. I have big ones, little ones and all sizes in between. So I have quite a collection of rocks and I do love them! Variety is the spice of my yard.
However, there is one “rock” that is a very special rock. It is the one that covered the entrance to the tomb of my Lord and Savior – Jesus. John 15:46 “ 46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.” The rock that was placed over the entrance was probably like the one in the picture. It was rolled in place by more than one man because of its size. So, were they trying to keep Jesus in the tomb or others out? It is really irrelevant because no rock or anything else could hold Him in that tomb! Jesus defeated death – see Acts 2:24! God raised Him from the dead!
It was the custom to wrap the dead in linen. John 19:40 – “40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.” Another wonderful part of all of this is the linen cloth that they wrapped His head in. John 20:7 “…7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself, This is not a passing comment that was just added to the scripture. The Jewish tradition at that time was this… The head of the household, when they left the dining table, would either crumple up his napkin, signifying that he was finished and the servants could then clean his place or he would fold it neatly, signifying that he was not finished and he would be back.
This is a BIG deal! Jesus’ friends that found the empty tomb that day also saw the message He left them! “I will be back!” And Praise God He will be!
All of this is just a part of the entire story of Jesus death on the cross, His burial and His resurrection! It would do us all good to read this story again and understand and let it sink deep into our souls. Jesus went through horrible torture and He gave up His life on that cross for you and me! He was buried and on the third day AROSE! He defeated hell and death! He did all of this so we would not have to taste death! Yes, maybe the death of this body here on earth but not an eternity separated from Him. We can have eternal life if we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our personal Savior. Jesus loves you and wants to spend eternity with you in Heaven! Thank God that He made a way for you to do that!
If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior I am thrilled for you! If you have not, seek Him today! You can email me, or talk to someone at your church or a Christian friend. Find out what Easter really means! Have it come alive in your heart and soul! It changes your entire life! Listen to the song below. It tells the story!
In His Joy!
Leah L. Adams
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’