Everything depended on the story to be false. The government did not want it to be true, the religious leaders, and many leaders in the community. They believed he was dead, they saw it with their own eyes and knew he couldn’t be revived. There was no way the plan was going to backfire. Now all they needed to do was make sure the body didn’t go anywhere. Gathering before the high official, they recall what the man had said…
Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’
Urging him to be precautionary regarding the body, they implored that the site be guarded, just in case someone stole the remains. He ordered that the soldiers be sent to the tomb and put on watch, making it as secure as they could. They sealed it and put soldiers on watch, knowing that falling asleep was the worst they could do, for they would be put to death.
Then it happened. The earthquake, the angel of the Lord, the stone rolled back, appearance like lightning, and clothing white as snow. The soldiers? Overcome by fear, trembled, and were like corpses. To cover up the biggest story of their time and in times to come, the soldiers were paid off and put out to the people:
His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.
Yet, Jesus was on a mountain. He defeated death, the schemes of man, and the plan of Satan. It was at this point he told his followers,
Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Nothing could stop the plan of God Almighty, not even death itself. And nothing will stop it now. For HE is with us always.