The Romans knew how to execute. They were fairly practiced: from crucifixion, to being used as entertainment in the arena, to the daggers used on the elite or by themselves when the emperor gave them notice of their fate. The death of Jesus was witnessed. He was put in a grave carved out of the rock, a stone put in front as would have been the practice.
The Pharisees were competent politicians. They wanted to make sure that this troublemaker stayed dead. So they firstly went to Pilate to see if he would delegate a guard (out of his budget) and when that did not work they set a guard themselves. Setting up a narrative for if they failed, that the disciples had stolen the body.
All this was witnessed by three mothers. They were invisible to the authorities: there were women sitting in the street anywhere, and these were older women. Therefore the burial of Christ was done competently, the tomb was sealed and guarded by his enemies, and all this was witnessed.
Jesus Christ truly died.
55Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
62The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” 66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.
The teaching of the elite is that this does not matter: it as truthful as the wellness industry, that is, not at all. This is wrong. If Christ rose, it was from death.
And that changes everything. There is a kingdom of God in this world. The narrative of the age is opposed to it. The battle is eternal. And the ride never ends.