All devotionals have been edited by Sarah Stiles.
Read John 20
“Who will roll the stone away for us?” three women ask in Mark 16:3.
I am sure Salome and Mary had to be thinking about their boys. Salome was the mother of the Sons of Zebedee, James and John, who are two of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Mary was the mother of James, another of the twelve disciples. These two women share between themselves three sons who became apostles. And at the time of Mark 16, their sons are hiding, fearful for their own arrests and executions following the death of Jesus.
I know my own mother is proud of me. I love Christ deeply, and I have a strong and sure-footed desire to glorify our Father who is in Heaven and to be led by the Spirit of God. I have a strong passion to serve the body of Christ by being part of a local church and living out the way God has made me by using the tools, talents, skills, and gifts He has given me to share the Gospel and build up my local church. And the Church is made up of billions of people across the world of different races and ethnicities from a multitude of different socioeconomic statuses, who speak a multitude of languages and love God and His church just the same. And God so chooses to use us in the Church to roll stones away in the lives of people who do not know Him. I am sure many of these people have mothers who are proud of them, too.
Not all of us have families like this, though. Some of us are children who do not have loving and proud mothers. And some of us have children whom we love but are not proud of. That is why the two mothers at the tomb are so incredibly beautiful. Through His death and resurrection, Christ conquered the power of sin and death. Christ’s perfect sacrifice is enough to pay the price of humankind’s sin. And we now can be reconciled to God. We now can have a relationship that was once broken be restored.
God used mothers who raised little boys, who grew into fierce disciples. God also uses mothers who raised children who are hiding in upper rooms, closets, bars, bedrooms, and college dorm rooms. God has the power to restore broken relationships between mothers and children. Not only does He have the power, but He has the desire to do so.