The Resurrection of Christ
- The Empty Tomb (vv.1-10)
- The Guards’ Report and the Cover-up (vv.11-15)
- The Lord Appears to the Eleven, The Great Commission (vv.16-20)
The Empty Tomb (vv.1-10)
The First Visit at Dusk: Two Mary’s Come to the Sepulcher (v.1)
¶ Now late on sabbath, as it was the dusk of the next day after sabbath, came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary to look at the sepulchre. v.1 presents the devotedness of these holy women. the event of v.1 is not necessarily linked to the earthquake, etc. of v.2. The “dusk of the next day” refers to the evening hours after the sabbath. We must remember that to a Jewish mind evening twilight commenced the new day.” An exactly similar phrase occurs in Luke 23:54, but there referring to our friday evening.
The Stone Rolled Back, the Great Earthquake (vv.2-4)
¶ 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending out of heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his look was as lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became as dead men.
The Second Visit in the Morning (vv.5-8)
5 And the angel answering said to the women, Fear not “ye”, for I know that ye seek Jesus the crucified one. 6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and say to his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goes before you into Galilee, there shall ye see him. Behold, I have told you. 8 And going out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to bring his disciples word.
Jesus Himself Appears to the Two Mary’s (vv.9-10)
9 And as they went to bring his disciples word, behold also, Jesus met them, saying, Hail! And they coming up took him by the feet, and did him homage. 10 Then Jesus says to them, Fear not; go, bring word to my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there they shall see me.
The Guards’ Report and the Cover-up (vv.11-15)
¶ 11 And as they went, behold, some of the watch went into the city, and brought word to the chief priests of all that had taken place. 12 And having assembled with the elders, and having taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, Say that his disciples coming by night stole him while we were sleeping. 14 And if this should come to the hearing of the governor, “we” will persuade him, and save “you” from all anxiety. 15 And they took the money and did as they had been taught. And this report is current among the Jews until this day.
The Lord Appears to the Eleven, The Great Commission (vv.16-20)
¶ 16 But the eleven disciples went into Galilee to the mountain which Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they did homage to him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus coming up spoke to them, saying, All power has been given me in heaven and upon earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined you. And behold, “I” am with you all the days, until the completion of the age.