Who’s Nervous?

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

Matthew 27:62-64

After they had crucified Jesus, the Pharisees and priests came to Pilate and basically told him that they were nervous about Jesus “disappearing.”  Of course, they said that they were nervous about the disciples stealing the body proclaiming Him risen.  But I have to wonder if they were really just a little nervous that He was who He said He was.  I can’t help but think that they were just a little nervous that He really would rise from the dead.  After all, they had seen Him heal the sick and they had even seen Him raise the dead.  His words “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”  (John 2:19) had to be echoing in their minds.

So, in light of this, they asked Pilate to secure the sepulchre.  Think of that.  When someone dies, you usually don’t think about “securing the grave.”  And if you do, you think about it from the standpoint of keeping people out of the grave, not keeping the person in the grave.  I think that, deep down in their hypocritical hearts, the Pharisees knew that Jesus spoke the truth.  I think they were running a little scared.  They had killed their “enemy,” but as He died, the veil of the temple was ripped in half, graves were opened, bodies of saints came out of the graves, and many other strange things happened.

The Pharisees and priests were nervous because they knew the truth and rejected it.  Had they accepted Jesus, it would have been a whole different story.  Think about how our conscience bothers us when we do wrong; imagine being in their shoes.  They wanted that tomb sealed tight, but it would not work!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Better to have a clear conscious and not have to worry about where Jesus is at and what He’s doing!!! God bless you, Ben! Have a great weekend!


    • That’s the great part – they really knew Who He was and what He was going to do. They were afraid of Him! I can’t imagine what their consciences were like. I doubt they had much restful sleep the rest of their lives. God bless you too!


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