Mat 28:11-15 (ESV)
While they were going, behold, some of the guards 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.
The last thing the rulers who crucified the Savior wanted was to be held accountable for their wrong. Jesus’ resurrection meant that they were off track and for the pious, this would not go over well. Thus, the scheme to cover up what God had done. But here’s the thing; The Resurrected Life does not lead that way. We don’t always have to be right or the ones who hold all the mysteries of God. Our Christian leaders are not above their followers nor are the followers beneath them. In Christ, all are equal. Each has a God-given assignment. Now, scripture does speak of respecting and honoring those who lead you – after all they are human like you and are prone from time to time to make errors, please cut them some slack. Leaders are called to live exemplary lives, not perfect lives, modelling Christ-likeness to the best of their ability. The Resurrection gives us the strength, courage and moxie to live for Him with all His might that works in us.