People's Commentary (NT)
Matthew 28:1 The Resurrection SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28: The Women at the Sepulcher. The Message of the Angel. The Risen Lord. The Report of the Guard. The Charge of the Priests. Christ Appears to the Eleven. The Meeting in Galilee. The Great Commission. In the end of the sabbath. After the Sabbath in which Jesus had lain in the tomb. As it began to dawn. All the gospels mark the precious moment when the great news first became known. Mark says they arrived at sunrise (Mark 16:2). Compare Mark 16:1-8 Lu 24:1-11 Joh 20:1-21 1Co 15:1-20. The first [day] of the week. The Lord's day, or Sunday. Came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. Mary, the mother of James and Joses (Mark 15:47). Also Salome (Mark 16:1). Late on Friday evening they had watched the sepulcher (Matthew 27:56). Now, after the Sabbath, they came with spices in the hope that they could anoint the body (Mark 16:1). These disciples would not break the Sabbath, even to preserve the body of their beloved Lord. The Sabbath ended at sunset, so that Jesus had been dead and buried Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning, beginning at the previous sunset, three days according to Jewish reckoning. See I Samuel 30:12-13 2Ch 10:5,12.
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