God’s Not Dead
“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. 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.” Matthew 27:62-66
We live in a world that has not changed much at all, spiritually speaking, since it’s inception. The entirety of the time we have existed, Satan has done what he could to keep mankind from meeting Jesus. There might be the argument here of Jesus only having been known for the last 2,000 years, but a proper study of, and Holy Ghost anointing of, the scriptures would indicate that it has been all about Jesus the whole time. The Bible demonstrates Christ from the very first page of the Old Testament through unto the very last page of the New. Yet, for all of the knowledge that exists within the bindings of that beloved Testament of Our Savior, so many people remain deceived because, in large part, of the efforts of Satan.
Notice one tactic used by Satan, being the obvious one, is that he refers to Christ as being the deceiver. It’s a simple turnaround of Truth, making it to be the lie and the lie, truth. He is the originator of lies and he has perfected it in that he does it with subtlety. He has the religious establishment tell the lie for him, for they have first believed it. To them, Christ was dead and a liar. They were afraid the disciples were going to steal His body and further the perceived “lie.”
But the disciples thought He was dead and gone. For all of the teaching, preaching, and flat out declaring that He would rise again, not a single one of them thought He really would. Their faith was yet lacking, and so they were mourning and they were at a loss. They were making no plans at all concerning stealing Christ’s body. They thought it was over. Yet, Satan was taking no chances.
The second tactic he used was to cause an actual division. He still does this today in many, varying ways. No matter how it is manifested, division can be destructive to faith. If Satan cannot get us to stop believing and speaking about Jesus, then he will try to get us to fight amongst one another. That causes us to take our eyes off of Him and onto ourselves again. This also causes others who are watching us to think that there is no difference between us and them. Therefore, our words fall short, and lack power in their ears. All due to division.
Satan had the spiritual leaders set up an armed guard to keep the disciples out and away from that tomb. No one was going to go in, but praise God that no one had to! Christ had spoken not only of His power over death, but of the legions of angels He could have called down.
“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” Matthew 26:53-54
And yet, He didn’t. He did not desire to be crucified. He desired to live, but He desired to fulfill the plan set forth by the Father more. So, He did not call for help. He followed through with it all, the beatings, the humiliation, the death. What is more glorious is that He walked right out of that tomb! Unseen by the guards around it, He walked away. He took His time, carefully folding the portion of the wrap which was around His face and setting it apart before He walked right through the walls. And then, because He is God and He desired to, He overcame the obstacles set forth by Satan for the disciples, and He resumed His ministry of reaching out to us.
He still did not call twelve legions of angels. He sent one. A single angel who rolled away the stone and gave orders to the guards what to say and what to do. And just like that, those guards were dispersed in fear of that one angel. God made a Way.
No matter what obstacles Satan places between us and Jesus, God can and does reach out to us. Christ said:
“No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44
It is God Who reaches out to us, and we respond. No invention of Satan can stop that. No division, no lie, can stop God. It is He Who gives us faith to believe. My faith rests in the fact that Jesus did what He did, dying on a cross, for my sins. I know it to be true because my faith also rests in the fact that God is not dead. Jesus walked out very much alive from the guarded tomb.
Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone. God bless you all. If He’s calling you, then don’t look at the world, the guards that Satan has posted. I implore you, answer the call. Meet Jesus, He’s waiting for you, and He is nowhere near the tomb, because…
God’s not dead!