So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today. Matthew 28:15 (NLT)
Two groups were witnesses to the Resurrection, the women who came to anoint Jesus’ body and the men responsible for guarding it. Both groups were terrified by the event (Matt. 25:4, 8). The similarities end there.
The women saw and accepted. The guards saw and rejected.
The women went and told others who also (mostly) believed. The guards shared their doubts with others, empowering their disbelief.
So here’s the question. I claim to be a spiritual witness to the resurrection. By my words am I encouraging belief or disbelief? And even more importantly, by my actions am I encouraging acceptance or rejection?
On thing is for sure. If I claim that God’s Spirit lives in me, it should show in my life, my words, my love. And if not, then I’m probably leading more people to doubt God’s power that to embrace it.