“But” is a Resurrection Word

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away form the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24: 1-3, NLT)

Standing at a distance, the women had seen His body pierced, had heard perhaps His final “Father . . .” Felt the shake of earth as the storm raged. They couldn’t rush up to His body, arms outstretched; help the men take Him down from the rough stake; tenderly anoint Him for burial. Joseph could do that though – and so, they’d seen Joseph take the body, place it in the tomb and stand aside while the soldiers shouldered the stone into place. Then they’d had to leave, to observe Sabbath.


Despite what they’d seen and heard, despite the finality and weight of that stone, they had returned, carrying spices, ready to anoint His body. They didn’t know how they’d be able to do that – just to move the stone would be a miracle in itself – yet they’d come.

And together . . . they felt the first wisp of wonder curl around them in the morning air, drifting out of the hole’s opening. Where was the stone? Where was His body?

“But” is a resurrection word.

On this Easter Sunday, what stone has God already rolled away . . . so that you may move forward, with your sisters in Christ, boldy, gladly, prepared to do the work, however heart-breaking, that only you can do?

May your Easter be rich with the blessing of a risen Saviour’s presence.

By Renee James

2015-04-04T20:16:32+00:00 April 4th, 2015|Devotionals|4 Comments


  1. Frederick Harrison April 4, 2015 at - Reply

    I Cor. 15: 10 BUT by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; BUT I laboured more than all of them, yet not I, BUT the grace of God with me. …

    1 Cor. 15:13 BUT if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised (14) and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith is also in vain. (15) Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised , not even Christ has been raised; (17) and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. (18) Then those also who have fallen asleep have perished. (19) If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied…

    (20) BUT now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep

    (there are more “buts” in Chapter 15 which further explain the resurrection, the principle of the first fruits, and the glory of our resurrected bodies…)

    (51) Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, BUT we shall all be changed …
    (54) But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”…

    (57) BUT thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • cbwoq April 7, 2015 at - Reply

      Yes. But . . . is a resurrection word. Thanks for sharing these verses with us. They amplify the post.

  2. Brenda Mann April 6, 2015 at - Reply

    Beautiful, stirring and inspiring message for us all. I didn’t get it read until just now but I am moved just the same!

    Blessings my friend.

    • cbwoq April 7, 2015 at - Reply

      Blessings to you too Brenda.
      We have incredible power, in the name of Jesus, to choose to face the things we have to. And when we do, revelation happens. God is so good to us.

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