On the morning, that would be known forever as Resurrection morning, the first players are the women. And I don’t intend to thrash the matter of the women, though I find it interesting.
The Jewish leaders had a problem. Jesus had stated in no uncertain terms, that after his death, they should expect a resurrection.
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
So the second day was fine, but the third day presented issues. Something was going to happen. It’s either the day passes by and at the end of it all, the tomb remains sealed and the body intact or the tomb becomes open and empty.
So to secure the outcome and ensure there was no foul play, the powers that be had a genius idea.
Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
Notice that they wanted the tomb to be protected till the third day, not the fourth, not the seventh. You see, any threat of resurrection must find expression on the third day or it would be held as a sham, for Jesus had expressly said, all that was needed was three days.
So the tomb had a two-layered security system: the rock that served as the door to keep the body in and keep everyone else out, and the soldiers now deployed to keep everyone out. The stage was set for the third day.
Thus, on resurrection morning, God made two moves. First, He sent a mighty Angel to roll the stone. However, I am more fascinated with His second move. He stirred the heart of only Women to the tomb.
You see, if it were the men that went first, it would have been a bit difficult to dismiss the idea that somehow they were not the ones that rolled the stone and stole the body after getting past the guard. It was a long shot but not impossible. However, it was next to impossible to assert that the women somehow got past the guard and then rolled the stone and then steal the body. Even the devil couldn’t develop a lie along that axis.
So who rolled the stone? On resurrection morning that answer was clear. For whoever it was that rolled the stone must also be the same person that could account for the body of Jesus Christ. Hence Peter says:
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
The only answer tenable is God. He orchestrated the entire thing.
So therefore just as when the Jewish leaders asserted that a stolen body would amount to deception, I wonder what a Resurrected body would amount to!
It becomes God’s universal proof that Jesus Christ is all he said he was, and if you reject him, you do so at your peril.
The tomb is open, come and see for yourself.