After Jesus was betrayed, arrested, humiliated with thirty-nine lashes, tortured and crucified, the Chief priests and Pharisee’s were still not satisfied. They went to Pontius Pilate the next day after the day of preparation (the Sabbath Day) to ask permission to secure and guard the tomb of Jesus. They told Pilate “we remember that while he was still alive, that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again’ so give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be more than the first.” Pilate told them to go ahead and make the tomb as secure as they can (Matthew 27:62-66).
Why were the chief priests and Pharisees doing all these things? Jesus exposed their lifestyle to the people. They maintained their authority over the people by keeping them in ignorance and superstition. Jesus called them hypocrites. Also Jesus was becoming more popular with the people than they were. Is your lifestyle sealing the stone on the tomb of Jesus? Are you trying as much as you can to secure the tomb? Check your ways if you are. However, the devil can try to destroy the destiny God has for you but will not succeed because of the power of resurrection.