Holy Week Saturday - Tomb Security and Silence

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. (Matthew 27:62-66)

Saturday of Holy Week passes in relative silence. We hear nothing from Jesus and nothing from the disciples, who have scattered and are hiding in fear of the religious leaders.

Meanwhile, the leaders themselves are taking one extra precaution to make sure this "Jesus" myth doesn't pick up steam again. They get permission to have a whole guard of Roman soldiers to make sure none of his followers come and steal the body. Jesus had claimed he would rise again in three days. The leaders took all measures to make sure his legacy stayed dead with him in the tomb.

So, there Jesus was, in the tomb, behind a heavy rock and guarded by Roman soldiers.