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Verses of Matthew 28

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Matthew 28 Summary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Easter Sunday.

In this chapter Matthew furnishes a very brief account of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. There were good reasons why this event should be made visible to the disciples of Jesus alone. This seemed, indeed, to diminish the proof of the fact to that particular age, an age very little likely to profit by a more public display. We have nevertheless, in the very form of the narrative itself, a peculiar proof, for all ages, of its own perfect truth.

In comparing the different accounts of the resurrection given by the four evangelists, we find at first view the greatest apparent confusion and contradiction. There is thereby the most perfect proof that the authors were no copyists of each other’s account, but perfectly independent narrators.

But as we study them closely, and, like a well trained jurist, sift the evidence of the various witnesses giving the different parts of the same transaction from different points of view and with different purposes, we find that they begin to coincide. Making those assumptions which not only every jurist, but every man of common sense, makes in adjusting various partial narratives, we finally arrive at a clear accordance, for which the only solution is, the truth of the entire details. We thus have that sort of demonstration which arises from the agreement of witnesses who are examined, without warning, out of each other’s presence. The proof of truthfulness is rather heightened than diminished by the fact that the statements are reconcilable on two or three different hypotheses, as that fact contradicts still more decisively the charge of agreed fabrication. The agreement is seen to be absolutely impossible, without perfect truth at the centre of all their statements. There is plenty of variation but no contradiction.

Among the principles we have a perfect right to assume are the following:

1 . Inspiration does not impart omniscience. A man may be stimulated or guarded by inspiration to know certain things, and to tell all he knows, and no more. That he did not know more, is no tell.

2 . Where different witnesses give different sides or parts of a complex transaction, it is to be expected that one will say, and perhaps will have seen, more than the other. The omission of one does not contradict the supply of the other. What each supplies is to be held as true, and as the supplement of the other’s omissions.

Thus one, in the narrative of the resurrection, may mention a single angel, and the other more. One may mention a single person, as Mary Magdalene; another more, and another still more. The mentioning of the fewer does not deny the additional number.

3 . Different narrators may see the same object or person at different moments of the same transaction; one may see the angel standing, another sitting; yet both may state truly of different moments. Both thieves, at first, may have reviled Jesus, and so one evangelist be true; and yet one may have, after the miraculous darkness, confessed him, and so the other account be true.

Matthew and Mark narrate of the resurrection essentially the same points, giving an account of the visit of the women, naming the Marys and Salome, who see first the angel; and afterward, on their way, see Jesus himself.

Mark has his account apparently from the same sources, and, although less extended than Matthew, is more minute in what he states.

Luke takes his standpoint with the larger number of women, from some of whom he doubtless derived his account. They see the same angel, who addresses them; while, according to Luke, they also see a second angel standing in silence by.

John mentions of women Mary Magdalene alone. This was because she was the only one who had anything to do with himself in the transaction; or rather, it was because it was through her means that he himself had anything to do with it. If there were other women to his knowledge in the affair, it did not come within his purpose to mention the fact.

Verses of Matthew 28

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Consult other comments:

Matthew 28:0 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

Matthew 28:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Matthew 28:0 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Matthew 28:0 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Matthew 28:0 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 28:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Matthew 28:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Matthew 28:0 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 28:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Matthew 28:0 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Matthew 28:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments