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Summary: We all go through life collecting, sorting, and storing information, which comes into our lives. What was capturing the thoughts of the women that first Easter Sunday?

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"Who will Roll the Stone Away?"

Text: Mark 16:1-3;Mt.28:1-10 & Selected

Cross Creek Community Church

Pastor Dave Martin - Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001

www.crosscreekcc.org

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Mark 16:1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

We all go through life collecting, sorting, and storing information, which comes into our lives. Our brain is wonderfully complex, which is able to digest things or reject things.

What was capturing the thoughts of the women that first Easter Sunday? I’m sure they had many thoughts of Jesus running through their minds early that morning. Let’s look at what might have been running through their minds...as they were walking toward the tomb...

They may have been Pondering...

The miraculous Birth of Jesus.

* Born of a virgin, born in a stable in Bethlehem. Unlike a pompous king.

* Lowly shepherds visited by the angels, the Wisemen coming from afar.

* As the Christ child, we see how King Herod tried to kill Him.

* Their minds were full of the many things, which has transpired...

The miracles and ministry of Jesus.

* He actually walked on water. He calmed the storms.

* He fed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

* He healed the blind, the lame, and the sick. He even raised people back from the dead!

* Why even Mary Magdalene remembers how Jesus drove 7 demons out of her.

* I’m sure it was all racing through their minds that morning.

The growing tension and adversity against Jesus.

* They remembered how the religious people kept trying to trick Him.

* How the religious people even said He was possessed by a demon.

* Jesus was accused of blasphemy because He rightly claimed that He was God in the flesh.

* I’m sure it was all racing through their minds that morning.

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem of Jesus.

* Millions of people in Jerusalem for the Passover.

* Just a few days earlier Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

* Not on a stallion but a donkey. The King of kings, the Creator of the universe.

* Why if the people don’t cry out then the stones would.

* Wow - what a wonderful day that was. So much hope and excitement.

* I’m sure it was all racing through their minds that morning.

The arrest and suffering of Jesus.

* Probably hearing about the Last Supper and how Judas betrayed Him.

* Wondering about the agonizing time of prayer in the garden - then his arrest.

* Talking with Peter and how he denied Him three times, others scattered.

* The scourging, the stripping of His clothes, the purple robe, the mocking, the crown of thorns, the spitting, I’m sure it was all racing through their minds that morning.

The Crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

* The pain, the awfulness of a crucifixion, the suffering Jesus went through.

* They could hardly recognize Jesus because of the cruel beatings He received.


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