Let’s try it again, from the top. What happened last night Marcus?
Well, sir, it had been a long day. So Lucas and I decided that we might get a couple hours of sleep. I mean, who is going to come a rob a grave?
No, Marcus. Don’t say that. Stick to what we said. You two fell asleep. They came when you were asleep and stole the body.
Right, right. When we woke up, the grave was empty.
Excellent. And Lucas, you can affirm his story without issue?
Wonderful. Finally, this Jesus will be done with. I will be glad when his clan disperses.
Yes Lucas, what is it now?
He isn’t done with.
This Jesus. He couldn’t have been stolen.
Lucas, you have been paid a great sum of money to keep your trap shut. I would appreciate it if you could do that now.
Yeah, Lucas, shut up.
Hey. I get it. I’ll spread your story. That’s fine. But this Jesus isn’t done for. He really wasn’t there. And there was no evidence that anyone had actually tampered with the grave.
Lucas, I will remind you of whom you are speaking to. I am the High Priest…
I know who you are. I understand your power and position. I get it. But you seemed to have failed at thinking this all the way through. It took a battalion of men to move that stone into place. How could 12 do it? And without waking us up? The seal that we placed on the stone was not broken. It’s still there. It’s still intact. How does that happen?
Lucas! You’re pissing off the High Priest. Let’s take out money and go.
Fine. I’ll go.
Good. Get out of here you filthy heatens.
Just one last thought before we go.
What happens if He does come back? Like he said, three days later I will rise. It’s been over a week. What are you actually going to do? Words might make your higher ups happy, but think about it. This Jesus could be walking down the road to..wherever. Alive. Are you going to go kill him again? Are you going to try to bury him all over?
Lucas, stop it. Let’s just go.
If that man is alive, if he is back from the dead, there is no stopping him. There is no power that you can wield, no authority that you can gain that will put him back down.
When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. – Matthew 28.12-15
The angle said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” – Matthew 28.5-6