Saturday, 25 May 2013

Matthew 28

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

The angel rolled away the stone to prove that Jesus was not there. Jesus could walk through walls (John 20:26) so the stone was not moved to let him out.

Susan said...

v.6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

(From Constable Commentary) “In that culture the witness of women was not regarded very highly. Thus, if the evangelists fabricated the resurrection, they certainly would not have written that women witnessed it first.”

Susan said...

v.4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
v.11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.
v.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money

The chief priests were given an eye witness account of the resurrection by unbiased, reliable witnesses and they still refused to believe.

(From Constable Commentary) “The action of these Sanhedrin members proves that their promise to believe in Jesus if He would come down from the cross was hypocritical.”

Susan said...

Jesus makes an appointment beyond the grave: “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee” (26:32)

The angel confirms the appointment: “Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee’” (v.7)

Jesus confirms it: “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me” (v.10).

Jesus keeps the appointment: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted” (v.16-17).

Susan said...

v.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations

“Go…all nations” no longer a message just for Jews, but for all people.