What are these historical events and doctrinal implications of Christ's Resurrection?
Matthew 28:1 - 8
ESV - 1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
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The following thoughts occur to me: 1) Even in death, Jesus observed the Sabbath rest before rising. 2) Direct involvement of God the Father (through angelic activity) in the process neutralized potential impediments, despite the best efforts of Jesus' opponents to prevent the event that Jesus Himself had indicated on multiple occasions would occur (Matthew 16:21, Matthew 17:23, Matthew 20:18-19). 3) God the Father (as well as Jesus Himself through His appearance) wanted Jesus' followers to be certain of what had happened. 4) God provided the first evidence of the resurrection to women, highlighting their courage (in contrast to the apostles) in coming to the tomb, as well as their importance in the process of proclaiming it, and in instructing the apostles as to what they were to do.
Two Mary's, One Angel, and an Empty Tomb Matthew 28:1-2 1. The arrival at the tomb (Mt. 28:1): Mary Magdalene and the other Mary come to the tomb. Matthew 28:1 says, "After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb".-- Since Jesus died shortly before Sabbath began at sundown on Friday, the first opportunity anyone had to prepare his body well enough for burial was on Sunday morning. That's when some women walked to his tomb in a garden cemetery outside of Jerusalem. Jesus was waiting for them. And He is waiting for you, too, when you seek Him. The Savior is waiting to enter your heart, Why don't you let Him come in? There's nothing in this world to keep you apart, What is your answer to Him? Compare Matthew 28:1 with what God says in Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) In short, desperately seeking Jesus means seeking him with all your heart. And when you seek Christ with all your heart, you will never be disappointed, because God promises that you will find him. The women were desperately seeking Jesus. They were seeking him with all their hearts. And they were not disappointed. For in finding Jesus they found all that they hoped for and more.-- Ray Fowler The Person and Power of the Angelic Messenger Matthew 28:3-4 In verses 2-4 the angel's face shines like lightning, and his clothing is a brilliant white, causing the guards to become as dead men in their fear. A Resurrection Announcement Matthew 28:5-6 Mt. 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. Isaiah 41:10,14 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness… Mt. 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, "Fear not ye..."-- (The resurrection reality brings joy, not fear. When you're afraid, remember the resurrection.) LASB 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Let me expound for you the phrase "as He said" in Matthew 28:6. Jesus predicted His resurrection at least twice in the Gospel of John. In John 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." And in John 10:17 He said, "Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again." So, if Jesus was true to His word about the best, the hardest to do, and notably the most important fact in history, His resurrection, can we not trust Him when He promised us heaven? (In John 14:1-3 NLT he says, 1“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. Go and Tell the Others Matthew 28:7-8 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 sepulcher with fear and great joy and did run to bring his disciples word. "Go quickly and tell" in Matthew 28:7, a command they did obey, is also a good example for us as Christians to follow. They were to spread the joy of the resurrection. We too are to spread the great news of Jesus' resurrection.
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