April 16, 2014
Why the stone was rolled away
I am sure that most people, even those who don’t attend a church regularly, can pretty much recite the original Easter story. There may be a few details left out here and there, but the main point of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead would find its way to the ears of those who would be listening.
I have personally always assumed that Jesus lived, Jesus died and when Jesus rose from the dead, a few angels came down and rolled the stone away so he could get out of the tomb. Don’t go rolling your eyes. You know you have thought the same thing subconsciously once or twice. Scripture says it this way, “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn (the women) went to the tomb, taking the spices, which they had made ready. And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb.” Luke 24:1-2 AMP.
I actually had this ingrained assumption until I heard a fantastic message on this subject, and it blew away all my preconceived notions of the resurrection story. I remember the minister whom I was listening to say, “Why was the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb?” I was driving alone at the time, so I said out loud, “So Jesus could get out.” It sounds even dumber now that I am writing it, but that’s what I said.
As if he was listening to me, the minister said this, “I want to challenge you that the stone was not rolled away from the entrance to the tomb so Jesus could come out; it was rolled away so we could look in.”
I nearly wrecked my car. How could I have been so wrong? For years I thought the maker of the universe needed help moving a 4,000-pound stone. I turned off the radio and allowed the simple truth that was shared to marinate in my soul.
Jesus needed no help coming out of the tomb, but the women and the disciples and any Christian since then needed and still needs to see an empty tomb. Our Lord is risen from the dead, and he wanted us to see proof. If my Savior was still in a grave somewhere, as many other religions founders are, I would have no hope. But thank God, Jesus is risen. And yes, there is an empty tomb to prove it.
Church Notes - Week of 4-16-14
Lenten luncheons continue
The annual Lenten Luncheons have begun. Each Wednesday until Easter, one of the area churches and/or businesses will sponsor a light lunch to be held again in the Fellowship Hall of Romney First United Methodist Church at noon. A guest speaker from an area church or community ministry will bring a brief devotional following the meal. Donations are gratefully accepted toward the Ministerial Association. The public is always invited.
Romney UMC contemporary service Saturdays
The Romney First United Methodist Church is holding a new contemporary Christian service every Saturday. Coffee will be served in the library at 5:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. There will be contemporary music and various speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info., call the church at 304-822-3023.
Special services scheduled at St. Stephen’s
There will be a noon Eucharistic service on Maundy Thursday, April 17 at St. Stephen’s in Romney with the Rev. Warren Frederick presiding. A noon Stations of the Cross service will be held Friday, April 18 with Keli Messick presiding.
Christ Community Church holding senior luncheon
Christ Community Church, Augusta, will hold a senior luncheon on Friday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. Come join in for a good meal and fellowship.
Mt. Olive and Marvin Chapel sponsoring egg hunt
The youth group at Mt. Olive and Marvin Chapel will sponsor an egg hunt Sat., April 19 at 1 p.m. The egg hunt will take place next to the Mill Creek Ruritan on Rt. 220 in Purgitsville. There will be food, games and prizes for children ages 12 and under. For more info., call 304-822-7354.
God’s Helping Hands open Saturdays
God’s Helping Hands, located at Community Fellowship Church, Points, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 9-11 a.m. Good used clothing is available. Supplemental food boxes can be purchased for a small donation and proof of income. Donations of good clothing and small items are accepted. No big items without calling first. Questions or more info, call Liz at 304-492-5786.