So they took the money and did as they were instructed.
Matthew 28:15 NET
The guards at the tomb had seen a horrifying angel. They knew about the resurrection of the Crucified One. They saw up close the power of God.
Even at that, they accepted the bribe and lied about the facts.
Throughout his gospel, Matthew says much about money. In the Sermon on the Mount, he cites Jesus’ words, “You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24b).
For whoever serves money has his price.