Matthew 27:62-28:10 Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise.' 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be worse than the first." 65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can." 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. 1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you." 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
Sinful man takes every precaution to make sure nothing will validate what Jesus said was true. The chief priests and Pharisees wanted to prevent any hint that Jesus’ statement, “After three days I will rise”, would be made to look true by His disciples. They posted a guard and sealed the tomb so the disciples could not steal the “impostors” body and claim He had indeed risen. However, nothing man does can keep God from fulfilling His word. The guards didn’t see Jesus leave the tomb. When God sent an angel to open the tomb for the women to see Jesus had risen, the guards were so afraid they became like dead men. Man’s best efforts cannot hinder what God says will happen.
Let’s take Jesus at His word and stop worrying that what Jesus has said can be thwarted by people. When we really grasp this truth, we will live in peace and security knowing that Jesus will take care of us in any and all situations. Our question will be, “I wonder how He is going to overcome this impossible situation?” Our question will not be, “I wonder if He will overcome this impossible situation?”
Are you taking Jesus at His word?