24:1 Now upon the 1 first [day] of the week, very a early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them.
(1) Poor humble women, who were certainly not
expecting it, are chosen to be the first witnesses of the resurrection, so
that there might not be any suspicion of either deceit or violence.
(a) Very early, as Mark says: or as John says,
while it was yet dark, that is, when it was yet hardly the dawning of day.
2 And returned from the sepulchre, and
told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
(2) The cowardly and dastardly mind of the
disciples is reproved by the brave courage of women (made so by God's great
mercies) to show that the kingdom of God consists in an extraordinary power.
Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and b
stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed,
wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
(3) Christ uses the incredulity of his disciples
for the fuller setting forth of the truth of his resurrection, lest they
should seem to have believed that too lightly which they preached afterward to
all the world.
(b) As it were holding down his head, and bowing
his neck, looked diligently in.
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which
was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs.
(4) The resurrection is proved by two other
witnesses who saw it, and all the circumstances surrounding it declare that it
was no forged event thought up on purpose in their own minds.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
(c) Were held back and stayed, God no doubt
appointing this to be so: and therefore his body was not invisible, but rather
their eyes were dimmed.
24:18 And d
the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only
a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass
there in these days?
(d) Some of the old fathers think that the other
disciple was the same evangelist who wrote this book, but Epiphanius, writing
against the Saturnilians, says it was Nathanael; but none of these are
And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death,
and have crucified him.
(5) It appears by conferring the prophecies of
the prophets that all those things are true and certain which the evangelist
have put down in writing about Christ.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he e
vanished out of their sight.
(e) Suddenly taken away, and we may not therefore
imagine that he was there in an invisible body, but indeed believe that he
suddenly changed the place where he was.
And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known of them
in f breaking of bread.
(f) When he broke bread, which that people used
to do, and as the Jews still do today at the beginning of their meals and say
24:36 6 And
as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto
them, Peace [be] unto you.
(6) The Lord himself shows by certain and
necessary signs that he was risen again, and risen in the same body which he
had taken upon himself.
24:38 And he said unto them,
Why are ye troubled? and why do g
thoughts arise in your hearts?
(g) Various and doubtful thoughts which fall
often into men's heads, when any strange thing occurs, thoughts of which
there is no great likelihood.
7 And he said unto them, These [are] the
words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be
fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and
[in] the psalms, concerning me.
(7) The preaching of the gospel, which was
promised to the prophets, and performed in his time, is committed unto the
apostles, the sum of which is repentance and remission of sins.
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among
all nations, h beginning at Jerusalem.
(h) The apostles, who are the preachers of the
gospel, beginning at Jerusalem.
24:49 And, behold, I send the
promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, i
until ye be endued with power from on high.
(i) Until the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven
24:50 8 And
he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed
(8) Christ ascends into heaven, and departing
bodily from his disciples, fills their hearts with the Holy Spirit.