Leviticus 13-15; Matthew 28

Matthew 28: 11-15

The Report of the Guard.  While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened.  They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’  And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy [him] and keep you out of trouble.”  The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present [day].

This somewhat cavalier attitude on the part of the Jewish authorities seems reasonable to me, as opposed to the “Houston, we have a problem” tone presented in the movie “Risen”.  They most certain were feeling smug and cozy after Jesus’ ignominious death, toasting each other with Samuel bar Adam Jerusalem lager.  Pilate especially had to be blasé about it (“King of the Jews”, sure whatever…).  The historical record paints Pilate as cruel and callous towards the Jewish people, not reluctant to squash dissent with brutal force. It might have even made his day to have an opportunity to kick some Zealot booty.  I assume – as in “Risen” – the guards in question are Roman soldiers, because Jewish temple guards would have best case scenario been threatened into silenced with “needs improvement” on their annual merit reviews.  The Sanhedrin here seems more annoyed than concerned, especially the ones who lost in the “disciples steal the body” pool.  They had to be sanguine that the Jesus movement was done, put a fork in it.  O happy wrong-o!

GOD’S ANSWER:  I still give “Risen” two thumbs up!


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