16:4 And when they a looked, they saw that the stone was
rolled away: for it was very great.
(a) When they cast their eyes toward the sepulchre.
16:5 And entering into the b sepulchre, they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment;
and they were affrighted.
(b) Into the cave out of which the sepulchre was cut.
16:91 Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the
week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he
had cast seven devils.
(1) Christ himself appears to Mary Magdalene to reprove the
16:122 After that he appeared in another form unto two of
them, as they walked, and went into the country.
(2) Christ appears to two other disciples and at length to the
16:14c Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at
meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness
of heart, because they believed not them which had seen
him after he was risen.
(c) The evangelist did not consider the chronological
sequence of events, but rather what took place, which
he divided into three parts: The first shows how he
appeared to the women, the second to his disciples,
the third to his apostles, and therefore he says
16:153 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to d every creature.
(3) The apostles are appointed, and their office is limited to
them, which is to preach that which they heard from him,
and to minister the sacraments which Christ has instituted,
having in addition to this the power to do miracles.
(d) Not to the Jews only, nor in Judea only, but to all men
and everywhere: and so must all the apostles do.
16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with e new
(e) Strange tongues, ones which they did not know before.
16:194 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was
received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
(4) Christ, having accomplished his office on earth, ascends
into heaven, from where (the doctrine of his apostles being
confirmed with signs) he will govern his Church, until the
16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord
working with [them], and confirming f the word with
signs following. Amen.
(f) That is, the doctrine: therefore doctrine must go
before and signs must follow after.