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1: (Mk 16:1,Lu 24:1,Joh 20:1)
2: An angel of the Lord had rolled away the stone and sat upon
it - St. Luke and St. John speak of two angels that appeared: but
it seems as if only one of them had appeared sitting on the stone
without the sepulchre, and then going into it, was seen with
another angel, sitting, one where the head, the other where the
feet of the body had lain.
6: Come, see the place where the Lord lay - Probably in speaking
he rose up, and going before the women into the sepulchre, said,
Come, see the place. This clearly reconciles what St. John
relates, (Joh 20:12), this being one of the two angels there
7: There shall ye see him - In his solemn appearance to them all
together. But their gracious Lord would not be absent so long:
he appeared to them several times before then. Lo, I have told
you - A solemn confirmation of what he had said.
9: Hail - The word in its primary sense means, "Rejoice:" in its
secondary and more usual meaning, "Happiness attend you."
10: Go tell my brethren - I still own them as such, though they
so lately disowned and forsook me.
13: Say, his disciples came by night, and stole him while we
slept - Is it possible, that any man of sense should digest this
poor, shallow inconsistency? If ye were awake, why did you let
the disciples steal him? If asleep, how do you know they did?
16: To the mountain where Jesus had appointed them - This was
probably Mount Tabor, where, (it is commonly supposed,) he had
been before transfigured. It seems to have been here also,
that he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once.
18: All power is given to me - Even as man. As God, he had all
power from eternity.
19: Disciple all nations - Make them my disciples. This includes
the whole design of Christ's commission. Baptizing and teaching
are the two great branches of that general design. And these
were to be determined by the circumstances of things; which made
it necessary in baptizing adult Jews or heathens, to teach them
before they were baptized; in discipling their children, to
baptize them before they were taught; as the Jewish children in
all ages were first circumcised, and after taught to do all God
had commanded them.(Mk 16:15).