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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 28

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme:  Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The King (c 26-28)
Message: The Resurrection of Jesus  (v 1-66)

Matthew 28 Commentary
(28:1-7) Jesus Rises from the Dead - The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built; without it, there would be no Christian church today. Jesus’ resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various holy scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for his people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule his church forever.

Why is the Resurrection so important?

Because of the Resurrection, we know that the Kingdom of Heaven has broken into earth’s history.

Because of the Resurrection, we know that death has been conquered and that we, too, will be raised from the dead to live forever with Christ.

The Resurrection gives authority to the church’s witness in the world. The apostles’ most important message was the proclamation that Jesus Christ had been raised from the dead! 

The Resurrection gives meaning to the church’s regular feast, the Lord’s Supper. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we break bread with our risen Lord.

The Resurrection helps us find meaning even in great tragedy. No matter what happens to us as we walk with the Lord, the Resurrection gives us hope for the future.

The Resurrection assures us that Christ is alive and ruling his Kingdom. Christians can look very different from one another, and they can hold widely varying beliefs about politics, lifestyle, and even theology. But one central belief unites and inspires all true Christians—Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

(28: 8-10) Jesus Appears to the Women -  The women ran quickly from the tomb realizing that they had seen the results of an awesome miracle in the empty tomb and had been in the presence of an angel. This revelation from God had filled them with a mixture of fear and joy. They obeyed the angel’s command and rushed to the eleven disciples with the good news.

(28:11-15) Religious Leaders Bribe the Guards - The religious leaders’ worst fears had been realized (27:63-64)—Jesus’ body had disappeared from the tomb! Instead of even considering that Jesus’ claims had been true and that he truly was the Messiah risen from the dead, the leaders decided to bribe the soldiers in order to explain that Jesus’ disciples came during the night and stole his body.

(28:16-20) Jesus Gives the Great Commission - Jesus left the disciples with some last words of instruction. God gave Jesus complete authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of his authority, Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. “Making disciples” means instructing new believers on how to follow Jesus, to submit to Jesus’ lordship, and to take up his mission of compassionate service. Baptizing is important because it unites a believer with Jesus Christ in his or her death to sin and resurrection to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness to live God’s way, and identification with God’s covenant people. To baptize in the name of  the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit affirms the reality of the Trinity, the concept coming directly from Jesus himself. He did not say baptize them into the “names,” but into the “name” of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

You Can Have Resurrection Power

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 28. In our text today we see the Resurrection as Jesus rises from the dead, appears to others, and Gives the Great Commission to reach the World with the Gospel. In making application we see that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available for you to do His Will. How about you? Do you see the power that is available to you? Let us learn from our text today to see that we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead to work in and through us to so His Will in these last days.


Matthew 28

Matthew 28

 1In 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.

 2And, 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.

 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

 7And 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.

 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

 9And 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.

 10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

 11Now 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.

 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

 14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.