The Nazi prison camp made life miserable. Chaplain Ewen MacDonald was chaplain to the American soldiers enduring this hard life. MacDonald spread the message of hope the best he could to the men.
One unforgettable morning, a big tough soldier slipped him a message that read: "The Scotsman wants to see you now!" MacDonald carefully walked to the barbed-wire fence that separated the British and American soldiers where he met a Scotsman by the name of MacNeil. Shortly before their meeting MacNeil tuned his underground radio to the BBC. Barely hiding his smile behind his mustache he simply said, "They have come!" He didn't say another word. He didn't have to; it was enough.
Chaplain MacDonald told every American prisoner, "They have come" and each one understood the meaning. It was June 6, 1944, and the Allied forces had begun their invasion of France. Deliverance was on its way now! The excitement of the POWs was ecstatic. The guards were dumbfounded as to why these crazy Americans were whooping it up in camp. After all, they were prisoners; nothing had changed. Yet, those prisoners knew everything had changed. Their rescuers were on the way, and they were changed from the inside out by what had transpired.
Easter screams that deliverance is on the way now! Everything may appear the same on the outside as life continues, but the obstacles of sin and death have been overcome by the blood of Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is the proof of God's love and power of victory for all who will believe and put their faith in Him.
There were many obstacles as the disciples came to the garden tomb that first Easter morning:
• The stone placed in front of the opening weighing a ton, positioned so it could not be moved, sealed and with guards (John 20:1
• Confusion as to what had happened to the body of Jesus (John 20:2
• Fear of entering the tomb and what might or might not be found (John 20:4-5
• Strips of burial cloth and linen laid so neatly (John 20:6-7
• A profound sense of loss (John 20:11
• No recognition of who Jesus was (John 20:14-15
Jesus came to deliver us from our personal obstacles.He Helps Us Overcome the Obstacle of Intimacy (John 20:16)
Mary was heartbroken because she thought the authorities moved Jesus' body so it would be hidden from His disciples. Rumor had it that He would rise again, and the Sanhedrin would not have His disciples coming to take the body and claiming He had risen. The Sanhedrin would be one step ahead of these frauds. Mary turned to leave the tomb, and there stood a man who she mistook for a gardener—a sexton in today's language—who managed the cemetery plots that included this cave tomb where Jesus had been laid to rest.