Well! The guards were flattened, the tomb was opened and the way cleared for the coming of the women who would be the first witnesses of the Easter event. The fact is, You Can’t Stop Jesus.
Don’t be puzzled by the little differences between the four Gospel writers. After all, when did the battle of Waterloo begin? “At ten o’clock,’ said the Duke of Wellington. “At half past eleven,” said General Alava. “At twelve,” according to Napoleon and Drouet, his commander. “At one!” said Marshall Ney. Basically it depended upon where you were standing as to how - and when - you saw the events unroll. So it is with the Gospels.
Here was the forming of the new Jesus movement.
1. It started with the loyal remnant – the women. On Friday, they had been last at the Cross. Now, they’re first at the tomb. What a reward!
2. It continued with the futile resistance (v. 11-15). An attempt is made by the religious authorities to bribe the guards to keep quiet. Always money, with the enemies of Jesus. But those who try to stop Jesus, with money, bribery – or indeed violence and persecution - will always be left eventually coughing in the exhaust of a resurrection movement and that is for ever!
3. It re-groups with the great commission. Verse 16 takes us to a mountain rendezvous in Galilee. Nothing less than the divine government of the whole universe is in the hands of the risen God-Man, Jesus Christ! Read verse 18. What a claim! – “all authority.” What a mandate! – “all nations.” What a pledge! – “always"