“Make It as Secure as You Can”
They used a stone to try to block off the power of the resurrection.
They failed, of course.
Protect us, O God, from the futility of trying to shut ourselves off from the power of the resurrection and from the true life that can be ours in the resurrected Lord.
Protect us from the attempt to secure ourselves from the risk inherent in the resurrected Jesus; lead us instead to secure ourselves in the risk inherent in the resurrected Jesus.
Lead us into the wonderfully dangerous life that is ours through the presence in us of the life of the resurrected Lord.
“The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, ‘Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.” Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead,” and the last deception would 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 with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.” (Matthew 27:62-66)