By: Rev. Justin Krupsky, Associate Pastor of Family Life
Over the season of Lent we have been looking at the Parables of Jesus and have been coming to a deeper understanding of His love for us. As we get ready for this Sunday, Easter Sunday, I want you to consider one more parable that Jesus taught. It’s about a rock.
Matthew 7:24-25 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” I love the image of the rock and I can’t help but think of the time that the Angel sat on the rock. Matthew 28:2 says, "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."
On Easter morning as Mary Magdalene approached the tomb where Jesus lay, the One who saved her when He told the men who were about stone her to drop their rocks, I wonder what was going through her mind. What I love is that the Angel that rolled the rock away was sitting on the rock as she approached. Not just for her, but for you and me. Heaven sits on the rock, so that we can, too. The stone was moved, the rock has been dropped, she was forgiven and we are forgiven.
What kind of love is this? It is a love that drops the rocks, moves the rock and sits on the rock. It is a certain love, a powerful love. A love that nothing can separate us from...nothing! A love that brings life from death and a love that outshines the darkness.
My hope and prayer this Easter Sunday is that your understanding of God’s love for you is deepened as you bask in the power of the empty tomb. The rock has been moved, and we are invited to sit on it, to build our life on it. Because He Lives, we are loved.