Matthew 27: Jesus Was Different
Matthew 27 brings us to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As one of the most monumental events in history, it is interesting that there were rumors about Jesus rising from the dead even among the Pharisees who had Him crucified.
Mat 27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Mat 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Mat 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Mat 27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Mat 27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
I was thinking about this, and I thought that if you do not expect someone to rise from the dead, why would you bother setting guards? Even if I had a friend who told me that he was going to rise from the dead, I honestly don’t think I would put guards at his grave. The religious leaders said they were doing it because Jesus said that He was going to rise from the dead, but that doesn’t mean He was going to do it. Dead men do not rise, but even the Pharisees were nervous about Jesus and what He had said. Why?
It seems to me that even though the religious leaders decided to crucify Him, they understood that there was something different about Jesus. He healed people in ways that nobody else could. He performed miracles that were above and beyond what a normal person could do. It is interesting that even given the assumption that normal people do not rise from the dead, there was still some reason to post a guard. There was evidence that they had seen indicating that Jesus was different.
Of course, moving ahead in the story, after Jesus rose from the dead, if the religious leaders wanted to discount the resurrection story, they could have opened up the tomb. Obviously they knew where it was. They had assigned the soldiers to guard it.
Even the people who wanted Jesus dead recognized that there was something different about Him. It makes you wonder what they actually did think about Jesus. They did not want Him to be the Son of God, but who else can rise from the dead? It is interesting.