11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
People have been trying to explain away and cover up the resurrection of Jesus from the very beginning because it does not fit their understanding of God, the world or life. Do not be surprised by this, especially when people do this now. If you know someone who is struggling with believing in God there are some great resources available, such as “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. The reason Matthew included this story about the guards and the cover-up was because he wanted Christians like you and me to be ready. He wanted us to know that this has always happened and will continue to happen. People will always try to cover-up the Gospel, but don’t worry. Jesus really is risen! Hallelujah! He is risen!