Have you ever done something you felt was so bad, you never wanted anyone to know about it so you did all you could to hide it. All of us are guilty of having something in our life we never want anyone to know about and though we have done our best to conceal it from everyone, the fear that someone may find out can be crippling to our life.
In Matthew 27:62-66 the chief priests and Pharisees, the religious leaders, go to Pilate with a huge concern and fear on their hearts and minds. Though Jesus was dead and now laid in His tomb, they were fearful some of His disciples would come and steal Jesus’ body then tell the people Jesus had risen, like He said He would and that would . The Resurrection of Jesus was the one thing these religious leaders feared the most. The possibility that maybe Jesus was truly the Messiah, as He proclaimed to be weighed heavily on their hearts and minds. Had they made a huge mistake in asking for Jesus’ death? You can picture the smirk Pilate had on his face at their request to go secure a dead man’s tomb.
The chief priests and Pharisees watched as Jesus was beat to an inch of His life. The chief priests and Pharisees watched the guards nail Jesus to the cross and they watched Jesus take His last breath. The chief priests and Pharisees saw Jesus’ lifeless body taken down from the cross and laid in the grave. They watched as a huge stone was dropped into place to hinder anyone from getting inside the tomb.
Pilate was very confident in his own heart and mind that Jesus was stone cold dead, but to humor the chief priests and Pharisee’s request and help them feel at rest, he tells the chief priests and Pharisees to “Go make the tomb as secure, as you know how.”
Nothing man could ever do would stop or hinder our Lord Jesus Christ from rising from the grave as He said He would. In the same way, there is nothing we can do that could ever hide our sins from the Lord, for He knows all things.
1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
It is Godly wisdom to go to the Lord and confess our sins to Him so He can purify our hearts from all unrighteousness. Once that is done, we are free from the yoke sin places on our lives and we are brought back into intimate relationship with our Lord. When the enemy tries to remind us of our failures, we can declare, “I have spoken to the Lord about that so Satan you no longer have any control over me!”
For countless years, the world has done everything it can possibly do to hide or conceal the truth that Jesus rose from the grave and now sits at the right hand of the Father, to no avail.
Sorry chief priests and Pharisees, putting a seal on a stone and posting a guard over the tomb didn’t work to cover your horrible mistake. Jesus Christ rose from the grave and He lives forever; to Him be all glory and praise!!
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