Join us today on Easter Sunday, the day on which we commemorate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Over this weekend we will be diverting our typical daily Bible Study to discuss the most important event in human history; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Today, over 2000 years ago, The Consummation of an Eternal Promise.
The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28 gives one of the most powerful accounts of the empty tomb and the announcement that “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” It gives an illuminating account of the Angel of the Lord rolling away the stone so that the followers of the Lord could see that HE IS RISEN. It also includes the instructions of Jesus to His disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe His commandments.
I recorded a video reading of Matthew 28 and discussion entitled “He Is Not Here; He Is Risen” that you can view on YouTube HERE.
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There are two links below to the Matthew Henry Commentary on Matthew Chapter 28. There is a Concise version and a Complete version. The Concise version is a short, abbreviated version while the Complete version is typically a lot longer and can sometimes be longer than the Biblical text itself. Choose whichever one you have time for. The Complete version goes further in depth but the Concise version is illuminating while not as lengthy.
Observations from the text:
- Verses 1-7 recount the Angel of the Lord rolling away the stone that covered the entrance to the tomb and announcing that Jesus “is not Here; for He is risen, as He said.”In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
- Verses 8-10 recount the first appearance of Jesus after the resurrection.And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
- Verses 11-15 recount the reaction of the Chief priests of the Jews and the Romans to the reported resurrection of Jesus.Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
- Verses 16-20 recounts Jesus appearing to the disciples again and giving them the Great Commission.Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- It is my sincere hope that, if you don’t already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that you will establish one today. Find out how, HERE, right now.
What are some key take-aways for you from the Chapter we reviewed today? Feel free to dig further on your own if you have time. Have a GREAT and Blessed Day!
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