The Guard At Jesus’ Tomb

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Time: Holy Saturday

Roman soldiers guarding Jesus' sealed tomb

Following Jesus’ crucifixion, a large gathering of chief priests and Pharisees assembled. They agreed to approach Pilate and ask for a guard to be placed at Jesus’ tomb for three days. They were anxious to see that his body and burial place would remain secure and untouched.

The chief priests and Pharisees said to Pilate,  “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again’. So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal his body and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first”. (Matthew 27:63-64)

Pilate agreed to their request and assigned to them a Guard of Soldiers. The chief priests and Pharisees went with the soldiers to the tomb The soldiers sealed the stone and stood guard as instructed. (Matthew 27:62-66 )

Thought

Despite the bravado of the Jewish leaders who, a day earlier, had Jesus put to death and stood to mock Him during his bitter agony on the cross, they still feared Him!

They now feared Him rising again!

Reflection

Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the deception of others towards your teachings. May I see only your light. Amen

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.