DAY 93 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 16:2-3 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
A quick scan of some literature suggests that a stone large enough to cover the entrance of a tomb such as the one in which Jesus laid, could weigh any where between 1000 and 2500 kilograms. That is the kind of weight suitable for considering the use of machines to lift. It is clearly not unusual to infer then, that the women in the Gospel were faced with a task well beyond them. So their concerns around who might facilitate their access into the tomb was surely justified.
One would have thought that they would have sought for extra hands prior to making the journey but that was far from their thinking. Thus,
it remains somewhat of a surprise that even faced with this reality check, they still made the onward march to the tomb when it was almost guaranteed they would have no access.
Well, that is how it appears if we look at it from the perspective of the women only. However, if we gaze through the lens of God, we will realise that there was a lot more at play than taking spices to the tomb. In their minds, they were on their way to embalm the body of Jesus, but in the plans of God, they were enroute to something even bigger. They had been chosen as actors placed on the stage by God to become key players in a divine agenda – to become first hand witnesses of the resurrection.
They were concerned about ‘HOW to gain access to the tomb’ was answered before their arrival, and their roles changed also. So beloved, we do indeed have our own plans but when they do align, collide and are overwhelmed by the plans of God, we really step into bigger things. Like the two women, we move from the status of ‘intended embalmers’ to witnesses of the resurrection. That is the working of the Lord.