The resurrection and the lies that followed

November 13th, 2010

I was reading through Matthew 28:1-15 yesterday. It is the section that talks about the resurrection of Jesus and what happens just afterwards.

In verse two we see that there was a violent earthquake and an angel came and rolled the stone away. Jesus was resurrected – He was dead and then He came back to life.

Verse four says guards of tomb saw everything that happened. It says they were so afraid of the angel that they shook and became like dead men. I could imagine how seeing all this would make feel like that!

The story goes on to say that the guards went back to the chief priests they told the truth about what happened (v11). Of course the chief priests realised they were wrong about Jesus and they came to believe in Him…apparently not!

Instead the chief priests and the elders devised a plan to pay off the guards to say they fell asleep and the disciples stole Jesus’ body in the night (v12-13). The guards went along with this and the story was widely circulated (v15).

The thing I find interesting in all of this is just how quickly people wanted to deny the reality of Jesus’ resurrection. The guards saw what happened. But the chief priests didn’t want this story to get out so they paid them off.

If the truth of the resurrection had become widely known to all, the chief priests and the elders would all have to admit they were wrong about Jesus. They would have to admit He was the Son of God and that they had crucified Him. Their religious authority and power would be gone.

Even today some people and faiths try to deny the resurrection. Some believe that Jesus took some powerful herbs to make Him sleep like He was dead. Others believe that Judas’ face was changed to look like Jesus and it was Judas that was crucified.

The reality is though, that Jesus died and on the third day He rose to life. Some may try to deny this event took place, but I for one chose to believe it and accept it. In fact I chose to live my life in light of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for us all.

God Bless,

Dave