Reading: Matthew 27: 62-66
Imagine the day after Jesus' death. His followers, devastated after witnessing the public death of their master, were in mourning. Jesus said He would rise from the dead, but at that point in time, His followers were not thinking of that.
Jesus’ enemies remembered His talk of resurrection. They were afraid His disciples would steal the body and say the Lord had risen. They were afraid that news of a resurrection would be a greater deception than Jesus calling himself a King.
Pilate went to great lengths to make sure the tomb was secure. His concern actually helped the disciples spread the resurrection news. Had the Romans not provided the extra security, they later could have said the disciples stole the body. But, a sealed tomb with a Roman guard watching it would make that claim sound silly.
In our time, especially since September 11, 2001, we have lots of security measures. Surveillance cameras, metal detectors and guards are designed to provide secure places. In biblical times, they did not have these techniques. They only had human guards watching the tomb. And those guards would end up being eyewitnesses to the resurrection.
Imagine their tale after that blessed Sunday morning. What do you tell others about the resurrection? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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