— Matthew 27:62-66
Isn’t it interesting how Satan gets defeated at every turn in Jesus’ death and resurrection? The disciples don’t have any expectation of Jesus’ being raised, but his enemies are concerned they might try to make people believe he did. So to keep the rumor from spreading, they call on the mighty power of the Roman army to keep anyone from stealing away the body.
Brilliant plan isn’t it! Unless, of course, Jesus is actually raised from the dead!
Incredibly, all through the Gospel story and the early story of the Church, when Roman soldiers are given the opportunity to truly examine the story and the people of Jesus, they are at worst friendly, and quite often become disciples themselves.
The plan to defeat Jesus, his disciples, and his triumph becomes the assurance to skeptical Romans that Jesus had to be raised. After all, how could a bunch of scared and helpless Galileans overpower the Roman army’s finest? They couldn’t, of course, unless God and his angels are behind it!
Thank you, Almighty and Sovereign God, for using the tools of the enemy to defeat Satan and bring victory, and verification of that victory. I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead and that you will raise me from the dead when Jesus returns. Because of this, I have confidence that my life will not be lived in vain. Please give me courage to live the values I confess with faithfulness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Corinthians 1:18, 25
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
- Matthew 28:2-4