On Easter, when millions of believers around the world remember the death and resurrection of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, some may be amazed to learn that a very famous Bible verse dealing with this event has secret and hidden meanings to the event that make the it ever so more wonderful.
According to famous Christian author, Joe Kovacs, who has highlighted and revealed the unseen content of Scripture, there is more to the scripture written in John 20:1 than meets the eye.
In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, there is a line in question where it states “On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb” (John 20:1 CSB).
Joe Kovacs, the author of the new best-seller, “Reaching God Speed: Unlocking the Secret Broad-case Revealing the Mystery of Everything” states: “On the physical level, most people already understand what is going on in this passage.”
“On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb” (John 20:1 CSB).
Joe states, “But when we open our spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear, this verse is broadcasting a mind-blowing double and triple meaning that sums up the phenomenal message of the Scripture in one single sentence. Once you understand it, you can’t unsee it!”
Joe states the sentence to focus on is: “She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.”
He then states, “Beyond the physical event that everyone already understands, there is a Spirit-based parable message being aired here, and to grasp its meaning, we only need to connect the dots with the rest of the Bible. It’s actually quite easy and fun to do.”
Joe explains, “Let’s start with the stone. We all know what a stone is. It’s a rock. And who famously is called a rock as well as a stone in the Bible? Yes, it’s Jesus Himself!”
Just a few of the verses calling Jesus a rock or stone include:
- “They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer” (Psalm 78:35 NIV).
- “And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:31 NKJV).
- “that Rock was Christ(1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV).
- “This Jesus is the stonerejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone” (Acts 4:11 CSB).
- “As you come to him, the living Stone” (1 Peter 2:4 NIV).
Then Joe says the second word to focus on is “tomb.”
“We all know what a tomb is. It’s a grave. It’ is where dead people are,” the author says. “And interestingly, Jesus even likens PEOPLE to tombs at times, especially when He’s talking to hypocrites.”
As Jesus said: “You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity” (Matthew 23:27 CSB).
Joe says: “On the parable level using God’s Spirit, tombs represent evil people. Even the apostle Paul calls our body of flesh the ‘body of death’” (Romans 7:24 NKJV).
“Even though we think we’re alive, unless and until we come to God, we’re actually the walking dead, and Jesus called people that when He said, ‘let the dead bury their dead'” (Matthew 8:22).
“So,” Joe goes on; “let’s connect the dots now. When Mary saw the stone had been removed from the tomb, this is simply another way of saying that Jesus Himself had been removed from the tomb, as in resurrected from the dead! The stone or rock removed from the tomb ultimately refers to Jesus taken away not only from His gravesite but also from His body of death!
“To drive this point home, the very next verse of the Bible has Mary uttering these words confirming the thought: ‘They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb’ (John 20:2 CSB).
Then Joe states, “So yes, there’s a secondary meaning in addition to the physical one of merely seeing a solid rock removed from the grave. It is the Ultimate Rock, Jesus, being removed from the tomb. But if that’s not enough to astonish you, there’s a third meaning as well.”
The author, known for his “Shocked by the Bible” series, states not only do stones and rocks represent God Himself, they can also represent human people.
“Those who read the Bible know it’s no secret that Jesus called Simon His apostle ‘Peter,’ a word meaning ‘stone‘ or ‘rock,” says Joe. “And this stone called Peter can represent all believers who repent of their sins to follow God and feed the sheep, as he was famously told to do in John 21:17.
“Scripture also refers to all believing people as ‘living stones’ in 1 Peter 2:5.
“Even in the story of David and Goliath, the shepherd took ‘smooth stones’ (1 Samuel 17:40) as the weapon to defeat the evil giant, because we the believers are, on the metaphoric level, the fearless smooth stones prepared and polished by God to take on and defeat the evil giant, who is none other than Satan the devil.”
Again, Joe says, “So, let’s again connect the dots from the Gospel of John, keeping in mind that God often is ‘declaring the end from the beginning’ (Isaiah 46:10 KJV). When the verse says ‘the stone had been removed from the tomb,’ this is also a prophecy for the future for all people who come to follow God. Because we ourselves are the stones that will be removed from our own personal tomb, our body of death, our grave of perishing flesh. Like Jesus, we will be removed from our grave when we are resurrected from the dead and granted everlasting life!”
And Joe said, “Yes, folks. One single verse from the Bible that we’ve been reading all these years is broadcasting so much more than has ever been trumpeted. It’s so much more than just a physical stone being removed from the tomb. It is about the spiritual Rock Jesus being removed the grave 2,000 years ago, as well as all of His other stones, the faithful believers, eventually being removed from our temporary tombs in which we walk around every day.
And in conclusion, Joe goes on; “With ears to hear, the glorious conclusion for your life is no longer hidden. So when we hear someone say, ‘He is risen’ (Matthew 28:6), it’s not just directly referring to Jesus rising from the dead, it’s also alluding to the wondrous immortality for every single person who truly follows Him in order to get out of his or her own tomb.”