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Matthew 28


Ex Libris Alexus Minimus

A commentary from the pastor’s library

Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has been raised from the dead, and behold, he is going before you into Galilee; there you will see him. Behold, I have told you’ (28:7). 1. Victory accomplished. What the angel told the women (28:6), they are to announce to the disciples: ēgerthē, ‘he has been raised.’ Here he adds the phrase apo tōn nekrōn (‘from the dead’). Not only did the Father loose Jesus from the pangs of death (thanatos, Acts 2:24). He also raised him from among the vast company of the dead (nekroi), and made him ‘the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep’ (1 Cor. 15:20), the first of those to win a lasting triumph over death (Rev. 1:18). Such news cannot wait: ‘Then go quickly [kai tachy poreutheisai] and tell [eipate].…’ The truth of the angel’s verbal witness will be confirmed for disciples by the forthcoming visible witness: ‘there you will see him’ (ekei auton opsesthe). 2. Renewal anticipated. ‘And behold, he is going before you into Galilee [proagei hymas eis tēn Galilaian].’ This opening (kai idou again) signals the statement’s great significance. Disciples are thus reminded of Jesus’ prophecy in 26:32, ‘But after I have been raised [meta de to egerthēnai me], I will go before you [proaxō hymas] into Galilee [eis tēn Galilaian].’ The last five Greek words of 26:32 (as here noted) all have matching terms in 28:7; and the opening clause of 26:32, with the infinitive of egeirō, corresponds to ēgerthē (‘he has been raised’) in 28:7. The verb proagō in these two texts means not ‘lead’ (despite the reference to sheep in 26:31) but ‘precede,’ as is clear from the following words in 28:7, ‘There you will see him,’ and from Jesus’ repetition of this promise in 28:10. Jesus the Good Shepherd will surely gather his scattered sheep (cf. 26:31, 56) and renew his fellowship with them—essential preparation for their mission (28:18–20).

Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 1467–1468). Mentor.



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