Holy Week 2021
Holy Saturday: The In-Between
Matthew 27:62-66 (CSB)
The Closely Guarded Tomb
62 The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come, steal him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “You have[a] a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 They went and secured the tomb by setting a seal on the stone and placing the guard.
The priests are still trying to control the story of Jesus, even after his death and burial. They place guards in front of the tomb to ensure that what’s inside stays inside. That the dead body stays put. What were they afraid of? SMH.
Then again, what dead things are you guarding?
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