The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Matthew 27: 62 – 66
Even in death the authorities were afraid of Jesus. They feared that if his body could be stolen, then the mystery surrounding it would allow the movement to live on. Jesus’s teachings were so powerful that they could not afford for there to be any doubt that he was dead and that his ministry had ended in failure.
It’s no wonder that when he did come back from the dead that Jesus’s message took the world by storm. The Gospel was going to change the world, whether Pilate and the Pharisees liked it or not.
Prayer: Thank you for your Good News of hope, love, and joy, a message that has changed the world and that has transformed my life. Please help me to be bold in sharing that message with others, just as the Early Christians couldn’t help but share the good news.
Act: Speak to someone about Jesus today.