|"The Stone Wheel Entrance"
As we meditate on, worship, praise and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ during this holy week before
Resurrection Sunday, let us remember why God rolled away the stone wheel that sealed the tomb offered by
Joseph of Arimathea, where Christ was laid to rest. The stone was not rolled to let Christ out, but to let us
in to the great wonder of His resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit. No stone crypt could hold
Christ as He arose on the third day, stone wheel or no stone wheel (see Acts 2:24). The 'stone wheel' here
has allegorical meaning of not just release but entrance as did the rent of the veil in the temple at the moment
of Christ's death [entrance to God's presence through Christ] (see Mk.15:37,38). The resurrection and
ascension of Christ are our assurances that He lives forevermore and is faithful to return at the appointed
time (see Matt. 24:36). His shed blood (propitiation and expiation)(1) and His resurrection are our
assurances that through Christ we have forgiveness for sin, redemption and eternal life. The literal meaning
of resurrection is "to rise up, stand again and to appear"(2). Jesus is our ark of safe keeping, our blessed
hope, our haven of eternal security, the one who stands as our everlasting vouchsafe and will surely appear
All of the secular world is rushing to establish secure global zones free from political oppression, economies
reinforced with new schemes for financial stability and disarmament treaties (few of which are being
honored) plus the great European Community (EC) forming consortium. All of man's efforts to exercise
sovereignty over his environment, unruly peoples and unpredictable but feared disasters will be shaken,
"... Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the
removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God
acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:26-29). In times such as
these, and the one's to come, we would do well to reflect on the words of David, "...I saw the Lord always
before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken" (Ps.16:8) (3). Let us not be shaken as
"...people were shaken, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind" (Isa. 7:2) in the days to come ... even
if all of the temporal things and systems we have lived with are shaken and no longer stand.
During this holy week let us: worship the Lord in the splendor and beauty of His holiness; praise the
righteousness and faithfulness of His holy name; celebrate Him as the sovereign master builder of all
creation, the universe and beyond; proclaim His everlasting worthiness; and profess Him as Lord, Savior and
Master of our lives. For He gave His life that we might live(1Jn. 4:9,10). Many today have 'stone-wheels'
blocking their way and efforts to reach the destiny God holds for each and everyone He has given into the
Hand of His Son. In the scripture story (Garden Tomb) , the 'stone-wheel' had already been rolled away by
the time the three women arrived at the tomb ... rolled away by God and not man. God can roll away the
stone-wheels obstructing your pathway to Him, not so much to let you out of a situation (even though it
surely can be so), but more so to let you into His Grace and Merciful rest from the vagaries of the world and
Jon D Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen ministries of Austin
(1) see Holman Bible Dictionary (2) see Thayer's [SN 386/450] (3) see Act 2:25.