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.
It is interesting that the disciples forgot about Jesus saying that he would rise from the dead… The chief
prists and the Pharisees didn’t forget. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The chief priests and their allies secure Jesus’ tomb to prevent a faked resurrection. Their act, done out of unbelief, will ironically give them compelling evidence
for the resurrection. Christ permits this to happen so His disciples could be confident that His resurrection was no hoax, but fact.”
I pray: Living
Lord, You triumphed over all Your enemies. Be with us always and deliver us. Amen.