Lenten Blog – 03-31-2018
Mark, Luke, and John have no accounts of anything happening on the day after Good Friday. This would be expected because it is the Sabbath day and they would be expected to be doing nothing. However, in Matthew, we have what some of the Pharisees did on this day after Good Friday.
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, `After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. (Matthew 27:62-66)
I find it amazing that the Pharisees and Chief Priests had paid more attention to what Jesus had said about rising from the grave. On many occasions, Jesus had told them that he would be betrayed, arrested, and crucified. Then on the third day, he would rise from the grave. The Pharisees were expecting a trick but the disciples were so discouraged they forget to live by the promises of God.
There are times in life when we all need to live by the promises of Jesus. Sometimes the wait is short like Jesus rising from the tomb on the third day, but other times the wait is much longer. In this passage we have a rare example of when the Pharisees were right, paying careful attention to everything Jesus said. Every promise Jesus made, every sin He forgives is made with all certainty, today and forever.
In Christ’s Service,