669. If God is for us, who can be against us [Romans 8:31]? Death is swallowed up by victory (1 Cor 15:55]. And if that is the case with death, then it is the same with sin. If death, then also with all diseases. If death, then also all suffering. If death, then also all acts of the devil. If death, then also the fury of the world. But all of that is not yet apparent. Yes, today we see the opposite. Therefore faith is important. The unveiled manifestation of things will, in due time, follow faith. What is now invisible will, at that time, will become visible. Likewise, (just as it was in the beginning) the visible will be made from the invisible world (p. 399-400).
Go, make the tomb secure as you know how:
Send out a watch–you have the guards you need.
And set the seal: if death does not give heed
To this, at least prospective thieves will bow
Before raw military might, and plow
Some other furrow less foreboding, freed
From threat of soldiers’ angry blows. This seed,
Pernicious rumor, can be stifled now.
The One enthroned in heaven laughs an scoffs.
Imagine stone to hold th’eternal Son!.
Imagine that a seal could be enough
To stay redemption’s plan now well begun!
The stone retreats: three days have run their course.
No seal, no soldier can restrain this corpse.
-Taken from D.A. Carson, Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994), 61.
Words to reflect upon as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of of Christ, the bedrock foundation of our faith.