Monday: 22nd April, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 28:8-15
Matthew 28:12-13 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’
In criminal psychology, one key hint that helps investigators identify a possible lie is the amount of information provided in response to a single question when there has been no follow up. As an example, the question ‘where were you yesterday?’ is likely to solicit an answer like ‘I was at home’; only a follow up question usually triggers the release of more information.
On the other hand, a person with something to hide is more likely to answer: ‘At 7:25pm, I was in my living room watching the BBC News hosted by Blessing. After that, I went to the kitchen…’ That has red flags written all over it. In a courtroom therefore, any prosecutor will ‘gobble up for lunch’ a soldier who offers a witness account as the Pharisees suggested because there was everything wrong with it.
Two key problems would emerge: first, soldiers meant to be guarding, fell asleep. That in itself, is a dereliction of duty because the sole purpose of being at the tomb was to guard the site. The second situation would be to wonder how sleeping soldiers could clearly identify the specific group of people who committed the crime to they witnessed. If they did see something , why didn’t they do anything about it?
Beloved, just like when Jesus was arrested, the Pharisees sought to use false witnesses to cover up the story of the resurrection as best as they could.
They however forgot to incorporate the fact that while they perpetuated a lie, there were others who were actual witnesses of the resurrection. Hence, after all these years, one truth still remains: ‘JESUS IS ALIVE’.
It is His living that offers a basis for our faith! The fact that He rose again is the firmest foundation for what we believe and because He lives, we can face tomorrow for all fear gone.