In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it”

(Matthew 28:1-2).

In this passage of Scripture, one is reminded of the powerful and majestic resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ following His Crucifixion. As magnificent as the birth of our Savior is, His resurrection is of more significance than we can ever grasp or fully understand … being dead, yet arose to new life!

The rolled-away stone is the confirmation of resurrection. No single individual could have moved it; and, it was meant to secure the tomb.

How often in our lives are we faced with a “stone” that seems immovable and set to lay in concrete the outcome. But, praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, because this was one time the stone would not stop what the Father intended.

Jesus was granted victory over death, hell, and the grave. His power can move any stone that prevails in our lives. He will send His angels to bring relief in every circumstance; even if it takes an earthquake. What may seem like our darkest hour may well be our greatest triumph!

Rejoice in His victory, because it is OUR victory, as well.

Praying that you and your loved ones have a most blessed Easter. Remember that because He lives, we live also!

Dr. M. Thomas Propes is the Assistant Director of Church of God World Missions.  A native of Nicholls, Georgia, and a fourth generation Church of God member, Bishop Propes was converted in January 1962 and began his ministry in January 1974. Propes has served as pastor, state evangelism director, Administrative Bishop of the Great Lakes Region, Northern Ohio, and South Carolina. He also served as General Director of Publications at Pathway Press, on the International Executive Council and as an elected member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Propes has numerous published works and has served as a contributing writer to several books and publications. He is married to the former LaQuita Perkins.