The Second Sunday after Easter
May 1, 2022
Matthew 28:11-15 (NIV) “While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.”
Satan was hard at work right away trying to disprove the resurrection of Jesus. There had been “a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.” Matthew 28:2-4 (NIV)
Can you imagine how upset the soldiers must have been that this happened?
So what did the leaders of the Jews do when they heard of these events? They bribed the soldiers to lie!
If Roman solders fell asleep on the job, they would risk severe penalties, even death. If they lied about not doing their job, they would risk severe penalties, even death.
But you have learned the truth. Jesus rose from the dead and in this way completed his work of salvation.
Beware of Satan, the father of lies, and all of his allies!
Almighty God, who by the humiliation of Thy Son didst raise up the fallen world, grant unto Thy faithful ones perpetual gladness, and those whom Thou hast delivered from the danger of everlasting death do Thou make partakers of eternal joys. This we ask through that same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. Amen