Why didn't they just lock up Jesus? That would have stopped Him from preaching, teaching and gathering followers. It worked with John the Baptist. The answer is they knew no prison could hold Him. They knew about His miracles of healing and His miracles over nature. They knew no prison could hold Him. What they did not know was that no tomb could hold Him. What they did not know was that death could not hold Him. The apostle Peter, quoting Jesus, said it was not possible for death to hold Him (Acts 2:24).
Some find it impossible to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Christians find it impossible not to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. If the world's best Man did not survive death, if the world's one perfect Man did not survive the grave, what hope is that for us? "We are of all men most miserable" (1 Corinthians 15:19).