What makes the details of the empty tomb particularly compelling are the actions of the non-Christians in the drama. The Romans posted guards outside the tomb to be sure no one stole the body. Their lives were on the line. A Roman soldier who didn’t do his job was subject to harsh consequences, even death. What happened? The soldiers, inexplicably, all fell asleep at the same time. Not a one remained vigilant, despite the risk to their very lives should they fail in their duty. When they awoke, the stone had been moved, evidently without making any noise to awaken them, and the body was gone.

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