Matthew 28:11-15 (NIV)
‘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.’
These soldiers had witnessed for themselves what had occurred since they had sealed the tomb and had been guarding it during the night. They knew in detail the miraculous events that took place with the earthquake, from Jesus’ bodily resurrection to the appearing of the mighty angel who rolled the stone away.
Verse 4 tells us of their reaction saying, ‘they shook and became like dead men’, shocked from the magnitude of their encounter. While they were firsthand witnesses to the dramatic experience, how is it that they were able to take a bribe to make up a story and lie about what really happened? Was it greed, fear of the authorities or simply blatant betrayal of the Messiah?
Who knows the reason for their dishonesty, but nevertheless we must learn from their mistake and not be unfaithful to the testimony and the firsthand witness of what Jesus has done for us.
The miracles that we have encountered must be spoken out in truth. It is easy to keep silent about all that God has done because we fear persecution or perhaps the damaging of our reputation. Don’t settle for selling your precious testimony to the devil. Be bold and speak it out.