No More Obstacles

“I have this hope in the depth of my soul.”

These were the song lyrics from Tenth Avenue North playing on repeat as I opened my eyes this morning and as I sat down to read my devotional for today.  The devotional focused around Matthew 28:2

“Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.”

As I thought about this verse, I recalled a quote I came across a few years ago in a book I love called Skin in the Game by Rick Lawrence.

“Jesus will set off an earthquake in our soul if it will spring loose our prison door.” Rick Lawrence

Lord, I am grateful for the earthquake that opened my prison door.  

The part of that verse I kept going back to this morning…

He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.

The angel was sitting on what once was the obstacle. It was no longer being used as a blocking or captivity device.  I can visualize the angel sitting on this stone. It’s almost as if this scene, and this decision to sit on the stone, is a reminder to future generations that obstacles are no longer a threat and have lost the power to confine or imprison.  And as my devotional pointed out, Jesus “conquered everything that stood in the way of life.” 

Death lost its sting.
Death could not hold Him.  

For some reason this made me think of the verses in scripture that talk about God making a footstool out of His enemies.  When I searched for this account I found it in several locations. I noticed that Peter referenced these verses at Pentecost…verses that David had originally written in the Psalms. 

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.  God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.  For David says of Him:

I saw the Lord ever before me;
because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad,
and my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope,
because You will not leave me in Hades
or allow Your Holy One to see decay.
 You have revealed the paths of life to me;
You will fill me with gladness
in Your presence.  Act 2:22-28

I read these verses and thought, again, of that song verse playing on repeat this morning.

“I have this hope in the depth of my soul.”

I then went back and read these words in Psalm 16

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9

********

“God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this. Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says:

The Lord declared to my Lord,
‘Sit at My right hand
 until I make Your enemies Your footstool.

 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!” Acts 2: 32-36

******

He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.

Let those words sink into your soul today.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *