“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 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…’ ‘Take a guard,’ Pilate answered. ‘Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.’”
On the Saturday of Holy Week, Jesus really was dead. His corpse was lying lifeless in a cold dark tomb. But, Jesus had promised to rise again! That was something that no one would dispute. However, the chief priests and Pharisees assumed that Jesus couldn’t make good on that promise. They thought some of Jesus’ disciples (who were locked behind closed doors in fear) might steal the body and trick everyone into thinking Jesus actually rose. So, on Saturday, they had the tomb made secure.
They wanted to secure that tomb so that no deception could take place. Their actions made it impossible for anyone to come and take Jesus’ body. On Saturday, the chief priests and Pharisees made sure Jesus body would stay in that tomb!
Our gracious, saving God, used the evil intentions of a group of men to give you and me the greatest assurance ever! Jesus’ body wasn’t stolen—that tomb was guarded to prevent such an event! He actually rose on Sunday morning!
So, when things happen on this earth that don’t make sense, remember who your God is; He’s the One who can work all things out for His eternal purposes.
God’s blessings until we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!