20:1 The 1 first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
(1) Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John, are the
first witnesses of the resurrection, and these cannot justly be suspected, for
they themselves could hardly be persuaded of it; therefore, they would
obviously not invent such a story on purpose.
But Mary stood a without at the
sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the
(a) That is, outside of the cave which the
sepulchre was cut out of.
And seeth two angels in b white sitting,
the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had
(2) Two angels are made witnesses of the Lord's
(b) In white clothing.
20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest
thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away c
my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
(c) Mary spoke as the common people used to
speak: for they spoke of a dead carcass as they did of a living man.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and
knew not that it was Jesus.
(3) Jesus witnesses by his presence that he is
4 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not;
for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my d
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto e
my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.
(4) Christ, who is risen, is not to be sought in
this world according to the flesh, but in heaven by faith where he has gone
(d) By his brethren he means his disciples, for
in the following verse it is said that Mary told his disciples.
(e) He calls God his Father because he is
naturally his Father in the Godhead, and he says "your Father"
because he is our Father by grace through the adoption of the sons of God:
that is, by taking us by his free grace to be his sons; Epiphanius.
Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the f
doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came
Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
(5) Christ, in that he presents himself before
his disciples suddenly through his divine power, when the gates were shut,
fully assures them both of his resurrection, and also of their apostleship,
inspiring them with the Holy Spirit who is the director of the ministry of the
(f) Either the doors opened to him of their own
accord, or the very walls themselves were a passage to him.
6 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are
remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.
(6) The publishing of the forgiveness of sins by
faith in Christ, and the setting forth and proclaiming the wrath of God in
retaining the sins of the unbelievers, is the sum of the preaching of the
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus
(7) Christ draws out of the unbelief of Thomas a
certain and sure testimony of his resurrection.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because
thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen,
and [yet] have believed.
(8) True faith depends upon the mouth of God, and
not upon the eyes of the flesh.
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are
not written in this book:
(9) To believe in Christ, the Son of God and our
only saviour, is the goal of the doctrine of the gospel, and especially of the
true account of the resurrection.