Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” John 11:39
Don’t be so quick to print the eulogies of what you thought you lost or lost out on. Jesus is here at the grave site, and there is new life at hand from the Resurrection and the Life! This is time for a testimonial service! But there is one request of Jesus and that is that you, “Take the stone away.” Take away everything that has been rolled in your life to prohibit Jesus from working. The biggest thing that Jesus had to contend with here during John’s account was a collective misunderstanding of faith in Jesus. Jesus tells Martha that her brother would rise again, but she assumed He was referring to the appointed time of the resurrection of the saints. Those that were gathered to mourn with Mary and Martha begin to talk amongst themselves, repeating the words of Mary and Martha that if Jesus had been there, Lazarus would be still alive. There seemed to be some type of obstruction in their minds that prevented them from truly hearing Jesus and truly seeing Jesus. Jesus telling them to “take away the stone”, was the first step in building their faith. There are stones in our lives that keep us in one place and prevents us from moving forward to our next place. There are places in our lives that God has ordained us to be and we desperately want to get to. Places of happiness, places of joy, places of prosperity, places of peace. The problem is that there are stones of hurt, stones of despair, stones of grief and such that block our paths. One of the biggest stones in our path is the one of unbelief. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. God wants to not just to heal you, but He wants to make you new. When we “take away the stone” we give Him room to operate in our lives. It’s moving time!
Be blessed and be encouraged!