Satan will try anything to dispel the facts of Christ.
There are so many theories trying to disprove Christ’s resurrection and they are based on Matthew 27 and 28.
After Joseph had laid the body of Jesus in the tomb, the following day the chief priests and Pharisees had approached Pilate asking that they secure the tomb because Jesus, “the deceiver”, had said He would rise three days later. Their worry was that the disciples would come and steal Jesus’ body so that they could ‘lie’ and say Jesus had risen from the dead just as He predicted.
Pilate had ensured guards were securing the entrance of the tomb and gave instruction that the tomb be sealed.
So, here we have a tomb guarded by gladiator-type men and it was sealed tightly to ensure Jesus’ body would not be stolen.
The Pharisees worst nightmare came true – Jesus ascended!
“And behold there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28: 2-6.
Everyone who was standing there witnessed this incredible event. Yet, this is where the first resurrection conspiracy took place.
The Pharisees and chief priests were so panicked about this that they bribed the soldiers into saying that the disciples stole Jesus’ body while they were sleeping.
Isn’t it incredible? They knew what they saw, yet still did not want to believe! They were so committed to their religious system and practices that even evidence of an empty grave could not stop them from spinning a story!
Why do people do this? Because it means that we now have to bow our knee to someone else, we can no longer have our own set of morals and ultimately have to be accountable to another being some day. This is the hard-heartedness of the world we live in.
This hard-heartedness has also given rise o four of the many conspiracy theories that try to deny the Resurrection:
1. Everyone who stood at the tomb hallucinated
Okay, first of all, there has never ever been an instance of two people hallucinating the exact same thing at the exact same time. Ever. So unless there was a pot of mushroom stew being passed around that day, there were no hallucinations.
2. The disciples stole the body
A massive sealed stone, moved away by men – the same men who freaked out at a storm on sea, battled to cast a demon out of a child for lack of faith, who worried about what would happen once Jesus was gone and one who denied Jesus at the time of His death, moved away a big stone while telling big oaf guards to back off? Need I say more?
Any seal broken was punishable by death at that time. You do not die for lies – you die for the truth. Martyrs die for the truth, and not lies they feel they need to tell about Jesus.
3. The witnesses went to the wrong tomb
On Pilate’s instructions, guards were to be stationed at the tomb – this kind of made it a pretty obvious place, yet we are to believe that everyone got the wrong address? I think not.
4. There was a substitute for Jesus on the cross
There were eye witnesses and thousands of people who witnessed Christ getting beaten and dying on a cruel cross. Yet 600 years later the Quran claims that “a likeness of Jesus” was on the cross. And that’s supposed to carry more weight than others’ first hand experiences?
These theories are weak at best. There is no denying that Jesus rose and blasted through that rock! He is risen. And it is my prayer that the light of Jesus blasts through every myth and lie spewed out about Him and the Father so that the eyes of the world are opened every time we bring people the good news.