So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
To emphasize the impossibility of anyone stealing the body of Jesus, Matthew stressed that the tomb was sealed.
Sometimes those (atheists and others) intent on stamping out Christianity end up assisting it. As any physics student can attest, fire burns brighter under pressure. The Lord’s opponents remembered that He predicted He would rise from the dead, even if His disciples did not remember.
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Verse 62 The next day was the Sabbath. The Chief priests were Sadducees. The Pharisees and the Sadducees’ common animosity toward Jesus united them.
Verse 63 The Sadducees and Pharisees described the Lord Jesus as that deceiver when, in reality, they were actually the deceivers, themselves (read Matthew 26:4) and hypocrites (read Matthew 23:13,15,23,25,27,29).
Brothers and sisters, it appears the wrong guys were taking Jesus words literally! The disciples forgetting the Lord’s promises, were mired down in their sadness and their grief.
The opponents of the Lord went to great lengths to protect the tomb, and in doing so, They inadvertently provided extra evidence for His resurrection by ruling out all other explanations.
Many historians (atheists and others) assure us that the only explanation that makes sense and satisfies all the evidence is Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave!
HE IS RISEN
Heavenly Father, we glory in the cross! Death is defeated, darkness is banished, and we live in the light of the risen Lord.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries