Guard The Tomb
An empty tomb is not the same as a bodily resurrection, nevertheless, the Chief Priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate with their concerns, one of which was that the disciples would steal Christ’s body. Pilate tells them “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can”, and they did. They sealed the stone and set a guard in place (Matt 27:66).
We know very little about what happened on Saturday, but we can imagine for some it would have felt that it was all over. For others, like the disciples who ate bread and drank the fruit of the vine with Jesus might have been remembering everything he taught. On one occasions when Jesus was challenged about him being God’s Messiah, the chosen one, he would only give them one sign which was the account of Jonah. In order for all the promises of God to be yes and amen in Christ Jesus, he must live. Abraham’s faith was tested in the same way when he went to make an offering to God. God called him to take his son, his only son (that is according to the promise that he would be a father of a multitude of nations) and make an offering. Abraham believed that God would provide for himself a lamb, even as he held the knife above his son. The reason, is because the son must live in order for the promise to be kept. In the same way, Jesus must live even though he dies in order for the promises to be kept. The difference this time is that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and therefore a resurrection must happen.