Who will roll away the stone?
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
The stone was very large, much too large for the women to move; but God rolled it away. He used an earthquake and an angel to accomplish what had seemed, to the women, to be an insurmountable task. How wonderful of God to use both natural and supernatural means to relieve the women’s anxiety about how to shift the stone that blocked their access to the Lord’s body.
What a deep metaphor for those of us who are wondering anxiously how to move big stones so we can be free of our abusers and be able to fellowship with the true Body of Christ in the bond of peace, rather than being held in constraint and fear by the stony, unyielding, coercive control of an abuser.