What Jesus Did! 'Who Will Roll Away the Stone?' — Mark 16:3

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The women said to each other, "There is a large stone covering the entrance of the tomb. Who will move the stone for us?"
— Mark 16:3 NLT
Illustration of Mark 16:3 NLT — The women said to each other, "There is a large stone covering the entrance of the tomb. Who will move the stone for us?"

Key Thought

"Who will move the stone for us?" This was the question of the women who had followed Jesus. Who will balance the checkbook, service the car, mow the lawn, take care of the house, do the laundry, bake the Christmas cookies, ... and on and on we could go about the practical questions that lie beneath the death of a loved one. In the face of death, we often find ourselves with bewildering and overwhelming questions. These are practical questions. These are hard questions. These are confusing questions. Jesus' death was no different. Life goes on for those left behind in grief. More than just offering quiet and nice platitudes, let's get to work helping roll away the stone for each person who needs grace—let's do practical and helpful things that need doing while they are overwhelmed with grief.

Today's Prayer

Dear God, grief comes back during the Christmas season and hits us surprisingly hard. Please be with us and help us make it through this year's Christmas with appreciation for those who have gone to be with you before us. Give us the courage to walk faithfully in their footsteps. Please provide us with the support of Christian community to help us "roll away our stone" and do the things that most need doing. And, dear Father, please use us—use me—to help those in grief in very practical ways. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 7:11-15
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57-58


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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