Saturday, April 15: Make the tomb as secure as you know how
As we journey toward the cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Resurrection Sunday, we'll explore Jesus' journey together, paying special attention to those who encountered Jesus along that path. Our prayer and hope is that each of us will encounter Jesus in new ways during this important week.
Read Matthew 27:62-66
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.
This is the "day between the days" of Good Friday and Easter, the Saturday in-between. And we find the religious leaders fearful of Jesus, whispering again, but frightened in a different way. What scares them now?
It's fascinating and preposterous that these powerful religious leaders were fearful of a small, scattered band of Jesus-followers who'd scurried into the shadows after Jesus' death. Why do you think they were so frightened?