Pilate’s Advice

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 thrid 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.  Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Matthew 27:62-66

After the Pharisees and priests went to Pilate and asked him to make sure that Jesus stayed in the tomb, Pilate gave them an answer that I find interesting.  He told them to “make it as sure as ye can.”  He didn’t tell them that it was secure.  He didn’t even tell to secure it.  He told them to make it as sure as ye can.  “Do your best.”

Thinking about this is incredible: the priests and Pharisees did their best to keep Jesus in the tomb.  They “made it as sure as they could.”  They did everything in their power to make sure that Jesus stayed in that sepulchre.  They sealed the tomb and set a watch over it.  There would be no stealing His body.  There would be no accidents.  There would be no mistaken identity.  There would be no way that a human being could get out of that tomb.  They made it as sure as they could.

But they didn’t account for one thing.  Jesus is no mere man.  Jesus is God.  Jesus has power over death.  Jesus created that rock that used to seal the tomb.  Jesus gave those guards life.  No power on earth or in Hell could keep in that tomb and certainly no little precautions taken by the priests and Pharisees would keep Him there.  They did all they could, but He lives!  Amen to that!

One response to this post.

  1. Seconding your Amen! God bless you, Ben!


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