Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Read Matthew 28.
When we read the scriptures time is somewhat skewed. What takes us a few moments to read could occur in either seconds or hours. We typically look at Mary and the other ladies that were with her, but today let's look at the guards. Let me paint a picture in your mind. You are a soldier assigned to watch the tomb. We know that there was more than one guard, most scholars believe at least 4 up to as many as 50. Scripture does not say but from this context that some left and some stayed we can agree to at least 4. We can also gather that it is morning and as the ladies are walking to the tomb there is probably some daylight. So it is likely that all if not most of the guards are awake. Perhaps complaining about the futility of guarding a grave, when suddenly there is a blinding white flash, as if lightning struck and the stone rolls away. God has a sense of humor.
So maybe you are a battle hardened soldier, maybe a new recruit. But have you ever seen anything like this? I will wager that at this point even the hardest soldier knows fear. Might have even been an accident or two. Can you now imagine the story as told to the commanding officer? Yet what I find intriguing is they take the story at face value and then make up their own. In their arrogance and pride, in face of all that was seen and done, still they would not accept that God had walked among them.