That liar? Matthew recorded this incident (one of many) about Jesus speaking and doing only truth: “A man who had a skin disease came and got down on his knees in front of Jesus. He said, “Lord, if you are willing to make me ‘clean,’ you can do it.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing to do it,” he said. “Be ‘clean’!” Right away the man was healed of his skin disease.”
What would Pilate do? Interestingly he states that they have a guard of soldiers and that they should use that guard to guard against grave-robbers. What guard of soldiers did they have?
Historians tell us that the holy ceremonial robes of the high priest were kept in one of the four guard towers of the Antonia Fortress (adjacent to the Jerusalem Temple) and were worn only on Passover and other important religious feast days. The Romans had realized the tremendous power of the office of the high priest and had taken custody of the garments as a precautionary measure.
It seems that, because those ceremonial robes had been released for the high priest to wear at Passover, the guard of soldiers was therefore available for other duties. “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
Do you admire Pilate’s leadership? Folk come to him with their concerns. He makes them responsible for dealing with those concerns thereby ensuring that the job would be done to their complete satisfaction. If not, it’ll be their fault.
Incidentally, the high priest will have been wearing those powerful robes whilst Jesus was being divested of everything he had.
There was no doubt about it. The chief priests and Pharisees would not allow themselves or others to become the victims of fraud. Jesus must stay dead in that grave. “They went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.”