The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “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 worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
The day after Jesus died and was buried, the Temple officials gathered together most likely warming their hands over the seeming victory they had in quelling this rabbi Jesus and His growing number of followers. There was still concern however, no matter how secure they felt in their “victory,” that He posed a threat.
Safety from danger and security in the midst of danger are fundamental human needs, needs these men sought through their own devices. They did not feel safe.
As Christians, we need to continue to wrestle with our position of safety - do we try to create safety on our terms or accept God’s terms? What makes you feel safe and secure?
"One thing You have spoken; two things I have heard: that You, O God are strong and that you, O Lord, are loving. For You reward us according to what we have done."
- Psalm 62:11-12