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.
<b>Sabbath ended at sundown on Saturday. At that time the women could purchase and prepare spices. (Luke 24:1). Dawn on the first day of the week was Sunday. </b>
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.
<b>This is the second earthquake, the first taking place when Christ died (Matt 27:51.) The angel did not come to let Jesus out of the tomb as Jesus had already risen.
For the women found the tomb empty and they did not see Jesus walk out of the tomb when the angel rolled away the stone. Jesus glorified body was not restricted by obstacles and He also later passed through walls or a closed door to appear to His disciples who were fearfully hiding in a locked room (John 20:19.) </b>
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.
<b>The soldiers, placed to guard the tomb shook with fear of the angel and became like paralyzed men, unable to speak or move but they could still hear and see!</b>
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.
<b>A risen saviour, death has been conquered (1 Cor 15:1-4). The angel brought to the attention of the women the fact that Jesus had said many times that He would be crucified and be raised from the dead.</b>
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.
<b>The disciples should also have been there, but because of unbelief. These women found out first about Jesus, because they were there. They cared for Jesus in life, in death and now in resurrection. The eleven disciples did not find out first, because in unbelief, they had gone back to their old way of life. Some, abandoning fishing for men and returning to fishing for fish. The message the women were to tell, the greatest message ever given to tell and the message of today, HE IS RISEN.</b>
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.
<b> Jesus met them when they left the sepulchre (tomb) and is the second time, having first appeared to Mary Magdalene when alone (John 20:14.) Now He appears to the other women. Hail, meaning rejoice, joy at his resurrection, and at meeting them again. They worshipped Him at His feet, there was no question now, this was their Lord.</b>
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
<b>Jesus calls His disciple His brethren, to reassure them that, in spite of their fear and abandonment of Him at the cross, He still loved them and to give full assurance, in the most tender terms, that all that was passed buried forever. He sent them word so that they would know what He prophesied had happened. He was alive. He said, Meet me in Galilee, and I will show you.</b>
11 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.
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.
<b> The Jewish leaders were determined to cover up what had occurred and reveals the obstinacy of their unbelief in the face of evidence (Luke 16:31). Giving large sums to the soldiers, this bribery was given because the soldiers’ story, could cost them their lives, since they were charged with guard duty under Pilate’s personal orders (Matt 27:65). The Jewish leaders, promised to cover for the soldiers if the false story they were to spread leaked back to Pilate.</b>
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.
<b>Many of the disciples did not believe in Jesus' resurrection when He appeared to them on other occasions (Mark 16:14, Luke 24:37, John 20:25.) They were still in unbelief because they were trying to comprehend the spiritual reality of Jesus resurrection with their natural mind (1 Cor 2:14.) They were as yet without the Holy Spirit of God. But Jesus issues His commission and promise to both the doubters and the believers. </b>
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
<b>The word power is also authority.
The authority which God had entrusted to Adam and which was stolen and corrupted by satan, is now given to Christ. God had delegated the power over the earth to mankind in the beginning (Ge 1:26-28; Ps 8:4-8, Ps 115:16.) When man disobeyed God (Ge 3:1-6), that power was stolen and corrupted by satan (Luk 4:6) and turned from authority into control, manipulation , deception, at it's root is unbelief, not believing God (John 16:8.) When Jesus died, He descended into hell (Ps 16:10, Ac 2:31, Eph 4:8-10) and stripped satan of all his power (Re 1:18.) Christ has won back ALL authority on the cross. But now it is ALL authority not only in the earth, but in both heaven and earth.</b>
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:
<b>The reason we can go into all the world and share the Gospel is because Jesus who has ALL power in heaven and earth, has given us power and authority to act in His Name (Luke 10:19.) We become His Ambassadors (2 Co 5:20), standing in Christ, standing in His power, Name and Authority. When people respond and are born again, if there is no discipleship, the new believers as a whole don't mature to a place where they can reproduce their Christian faith in others. Here Jesus commanded believers to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Water baptism follows baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) and is an outward witness of the inner change that has already taken place (Ac 10:44-48), Cornelius and his friends were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues, proving that they were already born again, before they were baptized in water.</b>
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.
<b>As Christ's Ambassadors, born again believers are to share the Gospel and teach with order, Christ as the head and we as His body within His Church (body of believers)within the five fold ministry gift (Eph 4:11-13 amp.) This includes proclaiming the Gospel and discipleship. Then until Jesus Christ comes again, share the pure Word of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is powerful unto salvation. Amen, so be it, let it be so.</b>