Remember Baghdad Bob?
His real name was Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf. He was the Iraqi information minister during the early days of the Iraq war. He became an overnight media sensation and the laughingstock of the whole world because of his ridiculous lies.
On one occasion he was doing a live TV interview where you could actually see allied tanks rolling past him in the background. When asked about the state of things in his country, he looked right into the camera and said with a straight face, “We have seen no sign of the enemy.”
Some real whoppers have been told down through the years, but no lie is dumber than the one told by the soldiers who were guarding Jesus’ tomb. They said, “The disciples came during the night while we were sleeping and stole his body.” (Matthew 28:11-13)
Here are four reasons why this lie makes “The dog ate my homework” sound like a stroke of genius.
First, the disciples were living in fear at the time. (Matthew 26:56) No way were they in the frame of mind to plan and pull off what would have been the greatest heist in all of history.
Second, they weren’t equipped, either with weapons or training, to steal Jesus’ body from under the noses of a company of heavily armed guards.
Third, they had no reason to want to steal Jesus’ body. Remember, they weren’t expecting him to be resurrected. That’s why Thomas flatly refused to believe Jesus was alive when the others told him they’d seen the Lord. (John 20:25)
Finally, it makes no sense to think the disciples would have been willing to be martyred for a lie. The great Christian apologist, Paul Little, said, “Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know to be a lie.”
As we press on toward Resurrection Sunday, let your faith in the resurrection be bolstered by the simple fact that when it happened, the best response Jesus’ enemies could come up with made utter fools of themselves.
Thank you, my readers, for your kind support and encouragement. I wish you a joyful and peaceful Resurrection Sunday.