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1: Certain others with them - Who had not come from Galilee.(Mt 28:1,Mr 16:1,Joh 20:1).
4: Behold two - Angels in the form of men. Mary had seen them a
little before. They had disappeared on these women's coming to
the sepulchre, but now appeared again. St. Matthew and Mark
mention only one of them, appearing like a young man.
6: Remember how he spake to you, saying, The Son of man must be
delivered - This is only a repetition of the words which our Lord
had spoken to them before his passion But it is observable, he
never styles himself the Son of man after his resurrection.
13: (Mr 16:12).
21: To - day is the third day - The day he should have risen again,
if at all.
25: O foolish - Not understanding the designs and works of God:
And slow of heart - Unready to believe what the prophets have so
26: Ought not Christ - If he would redeem man, and fulfil the
prophecies concerning him, to have suffered these things? - These
very sufferings which occasion your doubts, are the proofs of
his being the Messiah. And to enter into his glory - Which could
be done no other way.
28: He made as though he would go farther - Walking forward, as
if he was going on; and he would have done it, had they not
pressed him to stay.
29: They constrained him - By their importunate entreaties.
30: He took the bread, and blessed, and brake - Just in the same
manner as when ho instituted his last supper.
31: Their eyes were opened - That is, the supernatural cloud was
removed: And he vanished - Went away insensibly.
32: Did not our heart burn within us - Did not we feel an unusual
warmth of love! Was not our heart burning, &c.
33: The same hour - Late as it was.
34: The Lord hath appeared to Simon - Before he was seen of
the twelve apostles, (1Co 15:5).
He had, in his wonderful condescension and grace, taken an
opportunity on the former part of that day (though where, or in
what manner, is not recorded) to show himself to Peter, that
he might early relieve his distresses and fears, on account of
having so shamefully denied his Master.
35: In the breaking of bread - The Lord's Supper.
36: Jesus stood in the midst of them - It was just as easy to his
Divine power to open a door undiscernibly, as it was to come in
at a door opened by some other hand.(Mr 16:14,19,Joh 20:19).
40: He showed them his hands and his feet - That they might either
see or feel the prints of the nails.
41: While they believed not for joy - They did in some sense
believe: otherwise they would not have rejoiced. But their
excess of joy prevented a clear, rational belief.
43: He took it and ate before them - Not that he had any need of
food; but to give them still farther evidence.
44: And he said - On the day of his ascension. In the law, and
the prophets, and the psalms - The prophecies as well as types,
relating to the Messiah, are contained either in the books of
Moses (usually called the law) in the Psalms, or in the writings
of the prophets; little being said directly concerning him in
the historical books.
45: Then opened he their understanding, to understand the
Scriptures - He had explained them before to the two as they went
to Emmaus. But still they Understood them not, till he took off
the veil from their hearts, by the illumination of his Spirit.
47: Beginning at Jerusalem - This was appointed most graciously
and wisely: graciously, as it encouraged the, greatest sinners
to repent, when they saw that even the murderers of Christ were
not excepted from mercy: and wisely, as hereby Christianity was
more abundantly attested; the facts being published first on the
very spot where they happened.
49: Behold I send the promise - Emphatically so called;
the Holy Ghost.
50: He led them out as far as Bethany - Not the town, but the
district: to the mount of Olives, (Ac 1:12), which stood
within the boundaries of Bethany.
51: And while he was blessing them, he was parted from them - It
was much more proper that our Lord should ascend into heaven,
than that he should rise from the dead, in the sight of the
apostles. For his resurrection was proved when they saw him
alive after his passion: but they could not see him in heaven
while they continued on earth.