It happened on this day || Holy Saturday

Matthew 27:62-65

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.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”

The enemies of Jesus thought they had won; they had finally put that “deceiver” to death. Though Jesus was dead, his enemies were still worried about him. They worried that a new headline would appear, “The ‘king of the Jews’ strikes again! His tomb is empty, body MIA.” So, they go to the governor and convince him to seal the tomb, lest an even worse “deception” occur. The governor orders that the tomb be sealed and even had a guard selected to keep watch.

Do you know what the penalty was for opening a tomb sealed by the governor? It was death. Do you know what the penalty was for a guard to abandon his post? It was death. So, for sure, no one would’ve even dared to go open Jesus’ tomb. And no one did. But it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter what Jesus’ enemies would cook up; nothing was going to stop God’s promise. God had promised to kill death. And kill it he did. The next morning Jesus broke forth from that sealed tomb! The chief priests and Pharisee’s worst nightmare came true, and it is the best news ever!

Vicar Valdez