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MATTHEW - Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!
A Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Christ according to Matthew
PART 5 - Christ's Suffering and Death (Matthew 26:1-27:66)

31. The Tomb Sealed and Guarded (Matthew 27:62-66)

MATTHEW 27:62-66
62 Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead;’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.
(Matthew 20:19, Mark 15:42)

The disciples did not recall that Jesus had spoken several times about His glorious resurrection. The Pharisees and the chief priests did not believe in the possibility of Jesus’ resurrection. They supposed that His followers might steal His dead body and announce that their Master had risen. The leaders of the Jewish nation did not live in the Spirit of Truth and thought that the followers of Jesus were a gang of imposters, as they themselves were.

Jesus’ judges became skeptics. Having remembered His affirmation that He would rise from the dead three days after His death, they commanded that the tomb be sealed and made secure. What a sad picture it was to station guards at a tomb so that a dead man could not flee!

Some objectors fabricated a claim that another man was crucified instead of Jesus and that this substitute was buried in the tomb. This fable makes any sane man laugh. Did Jesus’ mother, who was standing beneath the cross, not recognize the One who was crucified? Did those who brought Him down from the cross not know whether they had carried a foreign man or Jesus?

This claim is like a cobweb that has no real substance and is easily broken. It is simply a groundless theory. Whoever propagates such a claim does wrong to God and describes Him in an unacceptable manner. The faith and belief of the followers of Christ are irreproachable, for they had faith and belief in what they saw, that the one who was crucified was Jesus the Christ. Both the Jews and Romans recognize this fact. It is also confirmed by the books of history and has been passed from mouth to mouth throughout the ages. It has been confirmed many times that the Crucified One was Christ, that He died and was buried.

PRAYER: My Lord and Savior, You have tasted bitter death, and you were laid into the dark tomb. You entered before me to my tomb that I might not be afraid or alone when I die but meet with You there. Thank You for pardoning all of my iniquities and putting the seed of Your life in me so that death might not have power over me. You have granted Your followers to live in spite of death. You are the Triumphant One, our Intercessor and Redeemer. It is because of Your death that we live forever.


  1. What are the most important events that took place immediately after Jesus’ death?

“Truly This was the Son of God!”
(Matthew 27:54)


Dear reader,
having studied our comments on the Gospel of Christ according to Matthew in this booklet, you are now able to answer the following questions. If you answer 90% of the questions stated below, we will send you the next parts of this series for your edification. Please do not forget to include writing your full name and address clearly on the answer sheet.

  1. Why did Jesus, in his speech about judgment, not talk about faith, but concentrated only on the works of love?
  2. Why will the good appear without sins and the wicked appear evil on judgment day?
  3. What is the meaning of the Passover?
  4. Why could the Sanhedrin not pass a sound judgment against Christ?
  5. What is meant by the phrase, “You have the poor with you always”?
  6. What did you learn from Judas’ readiness to deliver his Lord for a cheap price?
  7. What do “the days of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread” signify to the Jews in the past and in the present?
  8. What happened shortly before the ordinance of the Lord’s Prayer?
  9. What are the principle meanings of the Lord’s Supper?
  10. Why did Peter not believe Jesus’ warnings?
  11. Why did Jesus become exceedingly sorrowful?
  12. Why did Jesus tremble and become exceedingly sorrowful, even to death?
  13. What is meant by “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”?
  14. What do you learn from Christ’s three subsequent prayers in the garden of Gethsemane?
  15. Why did Jesus call His betrayer, “Friend?”
  16. What does the binding of Jesus signify?
  17. Why did Jesus keep silent during His interrogation before the Sanhedrin?
  18. What is the significance of Jesus’ wonderful testimony before the Sanhedrin?
  19. What is the meaning of the one sentence that Jesus said before the Sanhedrin?
  20. Why did Peter deny his Lord three times?
  21. What is the difference between the representatives’ meeting held in the evening and the other one held in the morning?
  22. Why did Judas hang himself and not repent as Peter did?
  23. What can we learn from the death of Judas, the sinner?
  24. What is the meaning of Jesus’ confessing that He is the true King?
  25. Why did Pilate offer the Jews both Barabbas and Jesus that they might choose the one to be released?
  26. What is the extent of the Jews’ failure in presenting conclusive political evidence to condemn Jesus?
  27. Why did Pilate sentence Jesus to be crucified?
  28. Why did the group of the Roman soldiers torture Christ so violently and mockingly?
  29. What does it mean to bear the cross in following Jesus?
  30. What are the principle reasons for the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ?
  31. What is the meaning of the Jews mockery of Jesus?
  32. What is the meaning of the only utterance from the cross recorded by Matthew?
  33. Why cannot a sinner bear the sins of others?
  34. What was the role of the women at Christ’s crucifixion?
  35. What do you learn from the burial of Jesus?
  36. What are the most important events that took place immediately after Christ’s death?

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