Supporting Evidence #4: The Guards  
Some Supporting Evidence for the Resurrection

The Guards

Since the guards reported to the chief priests to protect themselves, the implication is that they were Roman guards, and not the Temple guards. As Roman guards, desertion of their post meant death. (Temple guards also would suffer very significant punishment for desertion, BTW).

The  guards were told by the chief priests to say that they had fallen asleep, although falling asleep on duty for a Roman soldier was also punishable by death.

I talked a little about some of the issues with the guards HERE


Matthew 28: 11-15

While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. (NIV)



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