Matthew 27:62–66 (ESV)
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember
how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and
tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you
can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Isn’t it ironic that the chief priests and the Pharisees remembered that Jesus had said that in three days, he would rise from the dead? They were afraid that Jesus disciples would steal the body and say “He
has risen from the dead!” To show you how strong feelings can control you… the disciples are all mourning and caught up in Jesus death, not remembering that Jesus had said that he will rise from the dead. That was the farthest
thought from their minds. Feelings are real, but they can be misleading. Never build your faith on feelings… feelings lie to you. Build them on the facts of Christ and his love for you. The guards were so concerned about what
Jesus had said that they placed a guard at the tomb and sealed it.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not get caught up in feelings which can lead us away, but
to cling to your Word and to trust your Word. Help us to wait patiently and expectantly for your promised Second Coming. Until then help us to walk in your ways, sharing with others what Jesus has done for us, and trusting in the faith you have
given us. Amen.