Matthew 27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial – #13 Matthew 27:62-66 – Guards Seal the Tomb Against an Imposter
MT27:62 On the next day – after Preparation – the religious hierarchy and Pharisees assembled together before Pilate, MT27:63 saying, “Lord, we remember that plotter said when he was alive, ‘After three days I will be raised up.’ MT27:64 So, command that the grave be secured until the third day so none of his disciples can come and steal his body and then claim to the people, ‘[Jesus] was raised up from the dead.’ Then the final plot will be worse than the first.” MT27:65 Pilate said to them: “You have a custodial guard. Go and make the security as you know how.” MT27:66 These went their way and secured the grave, sealing the stone with the custodial guards.
 That plotter: The Greek is PLANOS. Or, KJV: deceiver; NEB: imposter.
 Until the third day: This demonstrates these men understood the phrase “three days” to mean parts of three. See notes elsewhere on third day.
 Steal his body: Compare notes on Matthew 28:12, 13.
 Custodial guard: The Greek is COUSTODIAN. Or, KJV: a watch; RIEU: a guard; MOF: guard of soldiers.
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