Easter Monday: 2nd April, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 28:8-15
Matthew 28:13,15 Saying, ‘Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept’. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Those who have watched any spy movies will admit to how long, if ever, it takes to break a soldier who is captured. Or should an error in decision lead to events that put a dent in their pride, unless witnessed by others, many people, not just soldiers; will have no problem going to their grave with what only they know. Even if it means ‘living a lie till the end’
The soldiers who were keeping watch at Jesus’ tomb were given money and strict instructions to say that ‘his disciples came and stole his body at night while they [the soldiers] were asleep’. From these words alone, multiple questions and scenarios could arise:
1. They were supposed to be watchmen at night, why then were they asleep?
2. If they were well and truly asleep, how could they without a doubt confirm the identity of the perpetrators of this act?
Interestingly, amidst these possibilities, it is suggested that this message of the body being stolen was promulgated for a pretty long time. So was it that people were not curious enough, afraid or they just couldn’t be bothered to challenge what they heard by subjecting it to ordinary common sense review to see if it adds up?
In a like manner, we also often ignore to judge what we hear in the light of the word and will of God. We just take everything as we are told line, hook and sinker as though it came with the preamble ‘it is true’. A lie could survive years unaltered, so that happening today should not be something we do not expect. More seriously, in our days, those lies have become more sophisticated and even more difficult to identify and root out.
So beloved, don’t be in hurry to believe just everything you hear – subject it to rigorous testing with the Word of God as the gold standard and his will in mind.
Remember # if a lie can survive some time, just imagine what the truth can attain.
Jesus is risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!