The Guard at the Tomb
The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
The Pharisees were afraid. Can’t you hear the trembling tone in their voices? The angst behind their request to secure the tomb? I can only imagine the sense of dread they must have experienced as they tirelessly watched and awaited the resurrection of Jesus.
They knew what was about to happen. In the same way we await punishment for a crime or grievance we have committed. It weighed on their hearts, ate away at their spirit, robbed them of their joy. This is sin, at it’s worst.
The Pharisees knew Scripture inside and out, yet they condemned, mocked, and abused the Savior of the World.
They did so out of pride, and out of fear. We fear what we do not know. We fear what we can not control. We fear what makes us feel small and helpless.
The day before Resurrection Sunday.
The full day Jesus spent dead in the tomb.
The day that was a requirement in order to display God’s power and might!
The stone was rolled away! There is no denying the resurrected Christ! He conquered death, sin and the grave!
So that our sins could be forgiven.
So that we would no longer have to live separated from God.
What do you fear today? Is there sin in your life that seems insurmountable? Are you like the Pharisees, anxiously awaiting your punishment? Or are you walking in the freedom of Jesus’ finished work on the cross?
It is finished friends.
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