Matthew, Chapter 28
Matt. 28:1 "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. 2 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. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his
raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and
became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women,
Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 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 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. 8 And they departed quickly from the
sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples
word. 9 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. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren
that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."
There are several points that we can gather from what is said above:
1. The Sabbath was ended. The Jewish day was from sundown
to sundown. The Sabbath ended at sundown on Saturday. Immediately after
sundown on Saturday in the Jewish calendar was the first day of the
2. The women, Mary Magdalene and that other Mary, came to the sepulcher
right at sunrise on the first day of the week. Jesus was already risen.
This dispels the myth that Jesus rose at sunrise on Sunday morning.
3. God opened the grave to show us that Jesus was risen. The earthquake
and the angel did not open the grave in order that Jesus might depart,
but rather the grave was opened so that we may see that Jesus had
already arisen and departed the grave.
4. The appearance of this angel was so terrible that the soldiers who
guarded the tomb was frightened into a state of shock such as they
became as dead men (they were not dead but appeared as though they
5. The angel reminded the women that Jesus had said that he would arise
from the grave, and that this was the fulfillment of that promise.
6. The women were commanded to go tell the disciples that he was risen
and that they were to go into Galilee and Jesus would meet with them
7. As the women were going to tell the disciples, Jesus appeared unto
them and they came and worshipped Jesus. Jesus also told them to tell
the disciples to go into Galilee where he would meet with them.
There is much more that is given to us in the other
Matt. 28:11 "Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came
into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that
were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had
taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 Saying, Say
ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14
And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and
secure you. 15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and
this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
The chief priests and the elders and Pharisees had asked Pilate to
provide a watch over the tomb of Jesus because they were fearful that
the disciples would come and steal the body of Jesus from the tomb and
say that he had risen from the dead. Pilate had given them the watch
Because that God was in control, the watch of soldiers
were powerless to prevent the resurrection of Jesus or to prevent the
opening of the sepulcher. The fact that Jesus was missing and a watch of
Roman soldiers were present exposed the subsequent cover up conspiracy
of the chief priests and elders. Though they paid large sums of money to
the soldiers to say that the disciples came by night and stole away the
body of Jesus, yet there testimony defies common sense.
A Roman soldier who allowed a prisoner to escape was
under the penalty of death. A watch of Roman soldiers was far more
powerful and skillful than the disciples. For a Roman soldier to sleep
on guard duty was also punishable by death.
While one soldier might conceivably fall asleep, for a
whole watch of Roman soldiers to fall asleep is very implausible. The
coverup conspiracy took care of the Roman soldiers by paying them large
sums of money and assuring them that if word came to the governor, the
chief priests would persuade him and secure the soldiers safety.
Matt. 28:16 "Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a
mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they
worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 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."
When Jesus stood before the disciples after his
resurrection, he not only stood before them as their redeemer, but he
stood before them as their reigning King and High Priest. As such he
gave them commandment: "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 always, even unto the end of the
We make the following conclusions about the commandment
that the Lord gave unto the eleven:
1. It was given to the apostles. They were to carry out
the commandment. While it was not given to us, yet it set a pattern for
us, that we in the ministry are to go as we are directed of the Holy
2. Theirs and our going, is by the power or authority of God that was
given to Jesus Christ. There can be no higher authority than that.
3. The order of their actions was to teach, baptize, and to teach the
whole counsel of God. Thus, they were to preach the gospel telling the
people to press into the kingdom of God, then as the people responded,
they were to baptize them, and then they were to continue teaching them
so as they would grow in discipleship.
4. They were to baptize the people in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost. While in Acts, Peter said to the people to
be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, his statement does not
contradict what is said here. When a person is baptized in the name of
the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, he is also baptized in
the name or authority of Jesus Christ who told us to baptize in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. To be baptized "in
the name of" means to be baptized "in the authority of."
The authority of Jesus Christ is also the authority of
the Father and of the Holy Ghost.