I read this today from Matthew 27. It’s the very last verse, it’s referring to the body of Jesus, and goes like this, “So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.”
Now we have the benefit of hindsight, so when you stop laughing I’ll continue…
I looked up that word secure and it means to make sure or firm. It’s the same word used in Acts 16 when Paul and Silas were imprisoned with their feet fastened in the stocks. The idea is that whatever is “secured” can’t get out or away. And in the case of Jesus, in Matthew 27, the measures taken were extreme. The seal was an official seal of the Roman government, that if tampered with would yield the wrath and fury of Rome. The security guard, a squadron of elite Roman soldiers numbering 16 or more, whose failure would result in their own death. Clearly they wanted to keep the body of Jesus “secure’ from any attempt by the disciples to swipe it and claim He was raised from the dead.
Can you say “waste of time and resources”?
In looking back it becomes clear that the attempt only serves to further validate the claims of Christ, and strengthen our faith in Him 2000 years later. The only world superpower of that day went to extreme lengths to keep the Son of God sealed in a tomb. And they failed. Because the only real superpower belongs to the One who came out of that tomb. He is King of kings and Lord of Lords, and can’t be held back, fixed or fastened by things other than His own sovereign will, or our own silly lack of faith.
So, what’s holding you back? Who or what seems to be trying to prevent you from breaking through and experiencing God’s best? If Rome couldn’t keep Jesus in the tomb, than nothing can stop you either.