Throughout the Gospels, there are many references to stones. Jesus tells the scribes and Pharisees, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” when they are ready to kill an adulterous woman (John 8:7). On Palm Sunday Jesus says that if the people stop praising him, “the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40). In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus goes “about a stone’s throw” away from his disciples to pray to his Father (Luke 22:41). Then when Jesus arises on Easter morning, the very large stone in front of his tomb is “rolled back” (Mark 16:4).
These stones in Scripture help us to learn what it means to be a follower of Christ in this world.
• We are never to throw stones at others in judgment of them. We are, instead, to be loving and forgiving. keenly aware of our own failings.
• Our rejoicing in the Lord should never be self-serving; rocks and trees and all the earth give glory to God just as much as we do. We blend with them.
• Prayer should be personal and something separate from those around us, set apart a stone’s throw to focus our attention on talking to God alone.
• Rolling back all the large stones that hinder us from our Lord is no small task. Only the risen Jesus has the power to cast aside every heavy barrier that blocks us from a new relationship with him.
May the symbolism of these stones keep you rock-solid in your faith.