April 1st: “Rolled Away!”

The Stone is Rolled Away!

You know the feeling. The one you get when you just can’t wait to experience something amazing!  The only problem is, when you arrive it is no longer there.  What a spectrum of emotion, right!?  Anticipation and excitement to disappointment and fear.

This is what Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome experienced when they journeyed to the tomb where Jesus has been placed after He was crucified.  They made the journey to arrive early to anoint him with oils and herbs.  During the walk, they pondered how in the world they would get access to Jesus because of the stone.  It was big and heavy.  But they went anyway, in faith, believing that they would get access to the Savior.  When they arrived they were both amazed and stricken with horror to find the stone was already rolled aside and Jesus body was gone!

Join us at 10:45 am Sunday as we take a closer look at what rolling the stone away means for you today.  Whomever you are, just as you are… come celebrate the resurrected Christ with the welcoming folks at First Christian.  You are welcome here!

Mark 16:1-8

New Revised Standard Version

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”
8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Rev. Larry Smith
Interim Senior Pastor