Study of Matthew 28:1-15 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
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3. a. Jesus was resurrected after the Sabbath, the first day of the week, Sunday.
b. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses were the first to arrive at the tomb.
c. Before they arrived, the ground shook, an angel rolled the stone away, and frightened the life out of the guards.
According to Mark 16:3-4, Mary and Mary were unaware the stone had been rolled away. They were wondering how to deal with a problem that the Lord had already solved.
The angel gave the standard human greeting, “Do not be afraid.”
4. a. The women were terrified because two men in shining white robes suddenly appeared in front of them. Their reaction seems to be the standard. It would certainly be mine.
b. When the women encountered Jesus, they bowed down, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. What an amazing encounter. They went to His tomb to mourn, saw angels who said He is alive, then moments later He greets them.
c. Jesus instructed the women to go tell the disciples, whom He lovingly called His brothers, to meet Him in Galilee.
d. There have been moments where God’s presence is tangibly near and other times when He seems far away. When I’m not “feeling it” I remind myself of His promise— “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
- Jesus’ friends did not believe the women’s report, even after seeing the empty tomb with their own eyes. The men spoke of Jesus and their hope in Him in the past tense. Apparently, the other “brethren” did not believe the women either. When Jesus appeared to them, He had to eat something before they believed He was physically there.
- The guards were understandably freaked out. Spending the night among the tombs was unnerving in itself. Then there was an earthquake. An angel descended, rolled the stone away by himself, and sat on it.
Not only is he stronger than any man they can imagine, he shines like lightning. They either passed out or went into shock. The power of God present in that place at that moment and an angel glowing from the presence of God could render any human unable to stand.
Some of the guards later went into the city to give a report to the chief priests.
- The Jewish leaders, after the resurrection, were still plotting and giving bribes. The chief priests heard the entire account of what happened at the tomb. The guards may have even seen Jesus walk out! It still boggles my mind that the guards and the chief priests didn’t say, “Surely He is the Son of God.” I wonder—were any of the other religious leaders, besides Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, conspicuously absent from that meeting? (I seriously doubt those two could “go back to work” after Jesus’ body “disappeared.”)
- The Jewish people—The temple “media” spread the lie that Jesus’ body was stolen by His disciples. The soldiers’ “story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.” Matthew 24:15b
b. The disciples were too hard-hearted to invent the facts of Jesus’ resurrection. They didn’t believe it would happen. Jesus told them about His death fourteen times and His resurrection seven times. After it happened, they still required much convincing evidence.