Hiding the truth usually brings unpleasant consequences. And even as we should never hide the truth, we should not hide our faith under a bushel basket. The Bible states that clearly. God’s Word is much too valuable to keep hidden.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
When youngsters disobey their parents, they may be tempted to hide the truth by bribing a sibling. Perhaps you also have paid off someone to keep a truth hidden. Usually our motive is to hide an indiscretion or an illegal or immoral deed. Such bribery has taken place since the beginning of time, including during Bible times.
After Jesus died and was buried, the chief priests and Pharisees told Pontius Pilate to secure the grave to prevent Jesus’ disciples from stealing His body and telling the people He had risen from the dead. They had heard Jesus say after three days He would rise.
In spite of precautions, the immovable barrier was found to be rolled away and the tomb empty. Certain women met an angel there, who gave them the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The women, of course, ran to share the joyous news with Jesus’ disciples. The story continues about Jesus appearing to them, too, and a host of others before His ascension to heaven.
The news of Jesus’ resurrection became a secret from the public. At least, it was meant to be a secret, if the Pharisees had succeeded. “Behold, some of the guard … reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, ‘Tell them, “His disciples came at night and stole him away while we slept.” And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him …’ So they took the money and did as they were instructed …” (Matthew 28:11-15)
The chief priests told a good story, but it was untruthful and weak in explanation. If a guard slept at his post or a prisoner escaped, the guard would be put to death. Perhaps one soldier could have slept, but it would have been improbable for all to sleep simultaneously. Besides, sleeping people do not make good witnesses.
The hush-money did no good. People throughout history and the world have since accepted the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. The news spread like wildfire through the testimony of the disciples and countless others.
Jesus’ miraculous resurrection from the grave is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, not only for its newsworthiness and historical accuracy, but especially for the hope it offers us about our own eternal life. The Holy Spirit continues to make the truth known everywhere.