Take away the stone.

Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"

One of the truly amazing events in all of history is about to unfold. The drama begins as Jesus tells the bystanders to take away the stone. Martha's words echo the shock that reverberated throughout the crowd. Who could have imagined what would soon happen? Who would have thought that a miracle was just moments away? Yet those present would soon witness the incredible and unimaginable glory of God.

What goes through your mind when you think about the glory of God? Do you think about something miraculous like Lazarus walking out of the tomb? Or possibly your mind contemplates that day that Jesus burst from the grave? Interesting how he too was raised from death to life. To me, the glory of God is seen every day as God utterly transforms people and brings life from death. For these he calls out and the stone is taken away.

Lord, thank you for the day you called out and the stone was removed from my heart.

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