“The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees when to Pilate.  ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while he was still alive that impostor 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.’  ‘Take a guard,’ Pilate answered. ‘Go make the tomb as secure as you know how.’  So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.'” (Matthew 27:62-66)

“This doesn’t make any sense.” “Why would God allow this?”  Asked that question before?

On Saturday of Holy Week the disciples are hiding in fear.  They seem to totally forget Jesus’ promise to rise on the third day.  Ironically, the religious leaders recall how Jesus had made very clear that He would rise from the dead.

So what happens?  They make sure that the tomb is secured.  As I understand it, if a Roman soldier was found sleeping on the job, his life would be over.  If the seal of the governor was found tampered with, that person’s life would be over.  In other words, they made sure none of Jesus’ followers were going to open that tomb.

So what does that mean?  That means that if that tomb was going to be opened, it would happen by God.  God used the actions of unbelievers in order to make it even more certain that Jesus really did rise from the dead!  Do you think God can/does use evil actions today to accomplish His will and His purposes?  Certainly!

When things happen that don’t make sense – remember who your God is: He is the God who can and does work all things out for His eternal purposes!

Thankful that God’s in control, just like you,

pastor