Matthew 27:65-66 New Living Translation
Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
The Pharisees told Pilate “the deceiver” spoke of rising from the dead in three days. They knew things would only be worse if his disciples were to steal the body and then tell everyone he has risen from the dead just as he said. So Pilate replied as shown above. Guards pushed an immense stone in front of the tomb where Jesus was laid. There are estimates to the size and weight of the stone in front of the tomb which state that given the size of the opening of the tomb, the stone may have weighed as much as 1-1/2 to 2 tons or the weight of a midsized car(1). No single mortal man could have moved it.
It is interesting to me that Jesus was referred to as “the deceiver” by those who opposed him. A deceiver is someone who purposely misleads others into believing something that is not true. So strong was their belief that Messiah would be a warrior king who would rescue the Jews from Roman Rule that they dismissed Jesus as nothing more a liar who was deceiving their people. Today it’s really no different. The best you might get is that Jesus was a good man or a teacher, but folks shy away from his being God’s Son. Those who ignore his true identity simply haven’t spent any time in scripture. Their ignorance is their downfall; the same of it was for the religious leaders of Jesus day.
God’s plan to offer forgiveness to all of mankind could not be thwarted in any way. A single angel moved the stone and the rest unfolded as it was foretold. Christ’s resurrection is the single most astounding and revealing event in all of history. It put an exclamation point at the end of God’s plan and thus provided redemption for anyone who would seek it. Salvation isn’t a blanket pardon, but rather a free offer, a gift that must be sought and received. Once salvation has been received the soul is cleansed of all sin and a new life begins. Emulate Christ in your life and leave sin’s baggage behind for good. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible and the American Heritage Dictionary.