It is a real and practical question from the 2 Marys. Great, they are thinking, here we are and how will we get in to prepare His dead body? There is a big stone that will have to be rolled out of the way. Details!
This is the way we think. I know I do. It is the details of the moment without understanding what God has just done.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” | Mark 16:1-3
So … what has God just done?
Jesus the Messiah, the very Son of God,was “delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25).
A dead Saviour cannot save anybody. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is as much a part of the good news message as His sacrificial death on the cross.
In fact, in the Book of Acts, the church gave witness primarily to the Resurrection. The Resurrection proves that Jesus the Messiah is what He claimed to be, the very Son of God.
Jesus had told His disciples that He would be raised from the dead, but they had not grasped the meaning of this truth. Even the women who came early to the tomb did not expect to see Him alive.
In fact, they had purchased spices to complete the anointing that Joseph and Nicodemus had so hastily begun.
It was still dark when Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Salome, and Joanna started out for the tomb; and they arrived at early dawn.
- Their first surprise was finding the stone already rolled away from the door so that they were able to enter into the tomb.
- The second surprise was meeting two angels in the tomb.
- The third surprise was hearing the message they delivered. No wonder the women were amazed!
Jesus has risen from the dead. Death is defeated. We are given our freedom to serve a new Master and King of God’s country. Jesus is alive.
Now that is astounding news!