Matthew 28

Matthew 28, it’s a Sunday morning and Jesus mother and Mary are going to the tomb.  There was a great earthquake as an angel of the Lord rolled away the stone from the tomb.  So, there was an earthquake at Jesus death and an earth quake at Jesus resurrection.  How did the chief priest explain this, coincidence?  I wonder how many that witnessed the events were convinced of Jesus being the Messiah by the events surrounding his death and resurrection?

The middle of the chapter has a story about the chief priest buying the guards to falsely testify that the disciples of the Christ came and stole the body away while the guards slept.  This deception has many holes, here is what Adam Clarks commentary has to say:  “Stole him away while we slept.]  Here is a whole heap of absurdities.  1st. Is it likely that so many men would all fall asleep, in the open air, at once?  2dly. Is it at all probable that a Roman guard should be found off their watch, much less asleep, when it was instant death, according to the Roman military laws, to be found in this state?  3dly. Could they be so sound asleep as not to awake with all the noise which must be necessarily made by removing the great stone, and taking away the body?  4thly. Is it at all likely that these disciples could have had time sufficient to do all this, and to come and return, without being perceived by any person?  And 5thly. If they were asleep, how could they possibly know that it was the disciples that stole him, or indeed that any person or persons stole him?-for, being asleep, they could see no person.  From their own testimony, therefore, the resurrection may be as fully proved as the theft.”  The scriptures also state that this story is still told by the Jews to this day.  I am guessing that the writer meant the day of his writing, but I would guess that it still applies today as well.

The chapter ends with Jesus charge to his disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (NRSV)  The Greek word for “baptizing” here from Strong’s Greek dictionary is baptizo, bap-tid’-zo, to immerse, submerge; to make whelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism:–Baptist, baptize, wash.  How has there been so much division among Christians as to the manner that this command is carried out?  It seems like a very simple command.

Have a great day,

Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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