Growing up on the farm, we did not lock our doors. I don’t think they were even lockable.
Today most of us would not leave home without locking the doors behind us. For some that is not sufficient, they have installed a burglar alarm.
If we felt strongly that someone was out to rob our home while we were gone we might even hire a guard, or at least have a guard dog.
In some areas of our country, you not only see big locks on the door, you see bars on the windows. The greater the danger of someone breaking in and taking our valuables, the greater the precautions we take to insure that it does not happen.
Think about that for a moment! You remember the tomb of Jesus? The Jewish religious leaders were afraid someone would steal the body of Jesus. They had a big rock placed in front of the tomb.
This rock was big enough and designed such that a person was not going to remove it without some help. That was not enough; they put a Roman seal on it. That would have been easily broken, but in doing so you would incur the wrath and punishment of the Roman government.
That was not enough, they put a guard by the tomb, soldiers to guard and protect the body from being stolen. The rock was there, so personal strength was inadequate. The seal was there, making it legally impossible. The soldiers were there, making not only impossible to sneak in, but dangerous as well.
The problem was not some human breaking in. For them, the problem was the power of God breaking out. And to think, that same power is available for us today. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. (I Corinthians 6:14)
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.