“The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” (Matthew 27 v 62-64)
The enemy secured what they thought was their victory.
The religious leaders were not observing what they taught which was one of the charges they laid at Jesus – keeping the Sabbath, “The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.” That shouldn’t have happened on the Sabbath.
They were remembering the words of Jesus more than the disciples. The last thing on the disciples mind was stealing the body! They were not thinking about the teaching of Jesus, there was no expectation.
But here is the thought for those who may be struggling today:
The enemy of your soul will try and secure your defeat because of fear. Fear not in your humanity. The religious leaders knew the disciples were hiding and in no fit state to steal a body. Even if they could have done there would be no proof that Jesus was raised from the dead unless a body was produced. So what was really the fear of the religious leaders? They were afraid of the resurrection power of Jesus!
The enemy of our soul is still afraid that this same power that was at work within Jesus is at work in your life.
If only the disciples knew. They would of course come to realise this. But have we?
Do we truly understand that no matter the struggle the power of God is within us?