Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
It’s not a new thing for lies and untruths to be stated as fact, for some powerful institution to try to control the narrative to deceive the people. That’s what the Pharisees were doing here. They had tried to manipulate the whole situation involving Jesus and His death, but they could not stop God. They could not contain Him or outsmart Him or spoil His plans. But these men could, and did, use the tactics of their own father, the devil, the father of lies.
Everywhere we go, people will try to convince us of their truth, trying to get us to believe what they want us to believe. People use lies on all levels of society for all different purposes. But we don’t have to fall for them. It will often put us in the minority to believe the truth and remain steadfast in it. But we can stick to the truth of God no matter the falsehoods swirling around, stand up for it, and proclaim it to the world around us.
Isn’t that what the disciples did? Evidently this message persisted that the disciples stole away the body of Jesus, but still they spoke out against the powers that be by proclaiming the truth of Christ’s resurrection and refusing to back down in the face of active persecution. Though they were the ones accused of lying, they helped to spread the Gospel around the world in their day and down through time to our generation today. It’s not going to be easy, but may we be just as faithful to tell the truth of Jesus no matter who may deny it.