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Bribery of those guarding Jesus' tomb

Soldiers are bribed not to reveal Jesus' resurrection.
Contributed by LUMO project
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After Jesus was buried, the Chief Priests and Pharisees went to Pilate. – Slide 1
‘Sir,’ they said, ‘While that deceiver Jesus was alive He said, “After three days I will rise again.’ Give the order for the tomb to be made secure so the disciples can’t come and steal the body then claim He has risen. This last deception will be worse than the first.’ – Slide 2
Pilate told them to take a guard and make the tomb secure. So they went and put a seal on the stone. – Slide 3
A guard was posted on the tomb around the clock. – Slide 4
At dawn on the first day of the week, there was a violent earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven, went to the tomb, rolled back the stone covering the entrance and sat on it. – Slide 5
The guards were so afraid they shook and became like dead men. – Slide 6
When they had recovered they rushed to find the chief priests to report what has happened. – Slide 7
The chief priests and elders were shocked to hear the news. – Slide 8
Immediately they devised a plan to bribe the soldiers to change their story. – Slide 9
‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole Him away while we were asleep.” If this report gets to the governor, we will support your story and keep you out of trouble.’ – Slide 10
They gave the guards a large sum of money as a bribe. – Slide 11
The soldiers took the money and went out to circulate a deception that the body of Jesus has been stolen by His disciples. This story was widely circulated among the Jews for years afterwards. – Slide 12
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