In an episode of “This Old House”, 6 men struggled with much grunting and groaning to put into place a polished granite slab onto a kitchen island. Keep that image in mind.
In Matthew’s passion account, the evangelist mentions that a huge stone was rolled across the entrance of the tomb and that the guards set a seal to the stone. Mark‘s Gospel states the stone was very large, so much so the women who came to the tomb were wondering who would roll it away.
Jesus was truly dead, closed up in a tomb by a huge stone. The chief priests, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Romans, those who were not his disciples, and even those who believed in him thought it was the end of him.
But God said: “Roll away the stone!” And it happened, a precursor to the Resurrection.
In our lives, we have many stones of various sizes that prevent us from living as fully as we can, trapping us inside what could be called a tomb. Some we can remove with a little effort by ourselves; for others, we need friends or professionals who understand and support us to help us to move them out of the way.
A few, though, the very large and burdensome ones, we need God’s grace to get rid of and throw far away.
God commands: “Roll away the stone!”
And a new life begins.