Via Dolorosa – Stubborn Faithfulness
The two Marys were blocked from the one they loved by stone, gravity, soldiers and seals. Nevertheless, they busied themselves with something to do. As they retreated from the gravesite they went back to the home of Mary, the mother of James and Joseph, and prepared spices for the body of Jesus. Scriptures record that Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea had already prepared the body – after a fashion. But in the minds of these ladies it was after a man’s fashion. Their love for Jesus was also fueled by a determined belief that those lads had made a hash of it. They were now prepared, in spite of all the aforementioned physical obstacles, to tend to Jesus’ body properly! When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. ~Mark 16:1,2
Faith eschews obstacles. As they finished up their bundle of precious spices and headed out the door, it finally occurred to them to state the obvious: They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:3 Yes, there was that.
As heaven looked down upon the slow progress of the two middle-aged ladies carrying their costly gift, preparations for their dilemma had already been made. They of course didn’t know that. But that’s the way it often is in the kingdom. We’re not called to produce results, we are merely called to be faithful with what we have. They had spices and they had a stubborn resolve. For heaven that was enough: And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. ~Matthew 28:2