Matthew 27:62-66 – Giving Validity to the Very Thing That You Want to Disprove!

Posted: May 4, 2016 in 40-Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 27:62-66

Guards Are Posted at the Tomb

Have you ever noticed that atheists spend all of their time trying to debunk the existence of God and the fact that Jesus was of one and the same essence of God? They spend all their time trying to tear something down. It is because they have nothing to champion that they spend so much time trying to tear down the Christian faith. It is like the jealous anti-social goth girl in high school that spends all her time to the point of obsession trying to tear down the most popular girl in school by hating everything that they do. It is her obsession to be the opposite of what the popular girl is. Everything is couched in social strata commentary. Every move, every action, every word of the popular girl is examined and an opposite position statement is adopted. If the popular girl loves pageants, then pageants objectify women. If the popular girl loves the social nature of Friday night football, then, these social gathering called football games are to be disdained as organized popularity contests. If the popular girl doesn’t want to take the tough classes, it is evidence of her empty soul. You get the drift! It is the fact that atheists are so obsessed with debunking that which they believe does not exist that actually gives credence to that which they try to debunk. If Christianity, Christ and God are all fables, falsities, and lies, then why spend so much time trying to teach people that it is. Isn’t the best way to deal with falsehood is to not give it any traction? Atheists have nothing to believe in on their own so they must spend their time obsessing over the Christian faith. They point fingers at Christianity because they have nothing to offer to replace it. To believe that there is a God is to admit that there is something higher than man. To believe in God is say there there is a higher power to which we are accountable. To believe in God is to take ourselves off our throne and realize that we subject to an Almighty Creator. That doesn’t sit well with the humanistic atheists who want themselves to be the arbiter of their own soul. Although there is ample evidence of a divine creator of the universe rather than combustion for no apparent reason, to admit such would be to admit that there is a God. There is a old Shakespearean line that says, “Methinks, he protesteth too much!”. Who is the atheist trying to convince that he is right through is constant protestations? He must be trying to convince himself of the truth of his lies. It is this thought of trying to debunk the Christian faith but not being able to stop it that brings us to today’s passage, Matthew 27:62-66. Let’s read it now:

 

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 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.”

 

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

 

The religious leaders apparently, though not believing Jesus was the Messiah, were obsessed with preventing other people from thinking that He was. They took steps to prevent the resurrection of just a prophet. If they did not believe Jesus was who He said He was, why were they so afraid of Him. If they thought he was just a man, then why go to all this trouble and concern. They wanted to make sure that they covered all the possibilities. With their wealth and power, why were they threatened by this man Jesus? He was a nothing prophet right? They had dealt with him? It was not enough that He was dead but they wanted to prevent people from creating a lie about Him. Even though no self-respecting Jew would steal a dead body much less steal it during the Sabbath, they wanted to cut off the possibility of Jesus’ disciples (all fully devoted Jews) from doing this deed that would have defiled them much less being disgusting. And then what would they have done with the body? It’s kind of hard to steal a body without being noticed by someone. It’s kind of hard to go bury Him somewhere else without being noticed. But yet these leaders proceeded with the plan so as to cut off the possibility in believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, it is there very act of posting the guards that adds veracity and validity to the resurrection. By placing the guards there which prevented the possibility of the stealing of the body (however disgusting an alternative that would have been), the religious leaders gave validity to the very thing they were trying to debunk. By preventing the theft, they give validation to the veracity of the resurrection. Jesus opponents were there to refute any false attempt at a theft being claimed as a resurrection. What they got was the power of God validated. They tried to prevent Jesus words from coming true through deception but by doing so give validity to the truth of Jesus’ words. The best defense is often said not to be the testimony of friends but that of a sworn enemy!

 

The resurrection was a real event. Trust it. Believe it. There was evidence provided by Jesus’ sworn enemies that validate it. The religious leaders and the Roman government were powerless against the resurrection. They could not stop it. They could not prevent it. In their futile attempts of doing so, they have validate the truth of it. Just remember that those who spend so much time trying to tear down our faith have not been able to do so for thousands of years. The truth needs no defense and the truth survives. Lies are found out and they fade away from the hold they have on us. However, the Christian faith has survived all attacks against it. We are not collectively delusional in the billions over the centuries. A lie could not last for thousands of years without someone completely and utterly defeating it. Lies by their nature will be defeated because they are not truth. Truth survives because it is truth. Truth is valid because it does not exist in someone’s mind. Truth lives because it does not need maintenance. The truth of the resurrection has survived despite attacks because it is truth. No one has been able to stamp out the resurrection. The resurrection is something that you can trust. It is the resurrection that gives us victory over the sin for which that Jesus died for. It is the resurrection that makes this tomb empty. It is the resurrection that defeats its detractors in its truth. It is the resurrection that makes this tomb not the end of the story.

 

Meet me here tomorrow and we see how the feeble attempts of Jesus’ detractors cannot prevent that which gives us hope and a new life in Christ Jesus!

 

Amen and Amen.

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