Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This was the first annual Sabbath or high-day - the first day of Unleavened Bread.
The annual Sabbath ends at sunset.
The Tomb where Jesus lay is now guarded and secured by sealing it with a stone.
The Roman soldiers sealed the tomb........
Then, they stood guard for the next three days.
The Guards at the Tomb
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 "Sir,"they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that the deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first."
65 "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.