Overcoming Obstacles

Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 10-12; Mark 16

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 16:1-8

On the Sunday following Jesus’ death on the cross, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome made their way toward the tomb where Christ was buried.  They carried with them spices to anoint Jesus’ body, which was a sign of love and respect at the time.  The knew where they were going, because they had watched Joseph of Arimathea take Jesus’ body to this particular tomb on the night of His death.  They saw Joseph place Jesus body in the tomb cut out of rock and they watched as he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb.  From Matthew’s account of the Gospel (27:62-66), we know that Pilate placed guards at the tomb and sealed it to prevent anyone from trying to steal the body in an attempt to “fake” the resurrection.  As the women walked toward the tomb, they thought about the obstacles that were in their way.  They talked amongst themselves about the heavy stone that was blocking the opening of the tomb and they wondered how they were going to get inside to anoint Jesus’ body.  They may have also wondered how they were going to get past the guards, as they would likely keep the women from tampering with the body.  Looking back now to that walk toward the tomb, we might wonder what they thought they were going to accomplish by going there.  All of the signs pointed to them not even being able to see Jesus’ body because there were too many obstacles in the way, but the women went anyway.  They knew the obstacles that stood in their way, but they still took the journey and walked closer and closer to Jesus because they loved Him so much.  When they arrived at the tomb, they found that the obstacles they had worried about were no longer an issue.  The stone had been rolled away, and the guards were so afraid that they “shook and became like dead men”. (Matthew 28:4)  That is when the women heard the good news for the first time – Jesus is alive!

There are many times in our lives when the obstacles in front of us might seem insurmountable.  We may be tempted to think that we cannot go on; that we cannot possibly achieve our goals and we might as well just turn around and quit.  The women walking toward the tomb that day could have felt like that.  They might have been tempted to turn around and go home, but instead they kept on walking toward their Savior.  When life’s obstacles seem too great for us to deal with, that is what we must do as well.  Instead of quitting, we must keep walking toward Jesus.  We must step out in faith because of our love for Jesus, and leave everything else to God.  We must trust Him to help us along the way to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at us.  The women did not know how their journey was going to turn out, but they knew that the one thing they could control was what they chose to do that morning, so they chose to keep walking toward Jesus.  We do not know how our journey is going to turn out either, but we can keep walking toward Him, and trust that when we come to our expected obstacle we will find that God has already overcome it.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on March 9, 2014, in 02 - Mark and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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