While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. Matthew 28:11-15 ESV
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
The way of the guilty is crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is upright. Proverbs 21:6-8 ESV
Peter was in trouble. Greg, Peter, and Bobby had been playing basketball in the house when a wild throw by Peter broke his mother’s favorite vase. Peter was upset, because he knew he’d be grounded for what he had done, and he wanted to go camping with his friends that weekend. So the boys glued the vase back together again, but when their mom put some flowers and water into the vase the glue didn’t hold, and water poured out through the cracks. Then all five of Peter’s brothers and sisters tried to take the blame for breaking the vase to cover up for Peter so he wouldn’t be grounded.
The guards at the tomb were also in serious trouble. They had been responsible to make sure that no one entered the tomb or took away Jesus’ body, but when the angel rolled the stone away and broke the Roman seal, they were terribly frightened, and then they found that the tomb was already empty! What could they do? They would be facing some serious punishment. They went into town and told the religious leaders what had happened. The religious leaders gave the guards some money to bribe them to tell a lie. They were supposed to tell everyone that they had fallen asleep, and then that the disciples had come and stolen Jesus’ body. This was a dangerous lie, because falling asleep on guard duty could have been punished by death. But the religious leaders promised that they would cover up what had happened and make sure the guards weren’t punished. So that’s the lie that they told.
The guards and religious leaders missed out on the wonderful truth of Jesus’ resurrection because of their schemes and lies. The guards were too afraid to face the truth, and the religious leaders were too angry and jealous. They preferred to tell a story instead of believing that Jesus had risen from the dead. His resurrection changes everything. It shows that our sins are forgiven and that death and evil have been defeated for all time. It means we have life forever with the Lord. We don’t want to cover up Jesus’ resurrection, but instead we want to share the good news with everyone!
Dear Jesus, thank you for rising again from the dead to defeat sin and death and the devil for us. Amen.
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