MATTHEW 28:19-20

Verses 19-20 “19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Great Commission is given to the Church, not to Jesus’ disciples only. We are commanded to still be doing these three things with great dedication: (1) Teaching the gospel to lost people that they might be saved; (2) Baptizing those who believe the gospel and are born-again; (3) Teaching all of the Word of God to our converts.

This is the main work of the Church, and we should not let anything come in to replace the mandate of the Great Commission. Schools, hospitals, and even the feeding of the poor can augment and supplement the work of the great commission, but these important works should not replace the all important work that Jesus commanded in these verses. We will not be alone when we obey this Great commission, for God will be with us leading us, empowering us, and cheering us.

 

MATTHEW 28:13

Verse 13 “Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.”

The enemies of God have been lying about the Resurrection of Christ ever since He arose from the dead. They are still telling this same lie i.e., that His body was stolen while the guards slept. If God’s enemies are not telling that lie, they are telling another one i.e., “He was never really dead. He only fainted on the cross then revived in the tomb and walked away;” or “He did not arise from the dead, but the eye witnesses were all just imagining that they saw Him alive;” or “The disciples of Jesus all lied about His resurrection.” Some people will believe any false theory, no matter how preposterous it might be, rather than believe the truth that He was dead but is now alive. Why is that? It is because they have an antipathy to the facts that men are lost sinners and condemned and they must believe in a resurrected Christ or go to hell forever. But there is a wonderful alternative. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10).

MATTHEW 28:9

Verse 9 “And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”

The women fell at Jesus feet and worshiped Him. Jesus approved of what they did. Jesus often accepted the worship of those who loved Him (Matt. 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:17). If He were not God, it would have been an awful sin to worship Him (Ex. 34:14; Rom.1:25), and it would have been a sin for Jesus to accept their worship. But, because He is God, all people everywhere should fall at His feet and worship Him. This is not happening today, but the day will come when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Phil. 2:10). He is entirely worthy of our worship, and in the life to come, we will worship Him forever and forever. “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Rev. 5:13).

 

MATTHEW 28:7

Verse 7 “And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.”

The advice (or command) that the angel gave to the woman is still a good word for us today, “Go quickly and tell… that he is risen from the dead.” This is the message that the world desperately needs.

MATTHEW 27:51

Verse 51 “51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”

The veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, not from bottom to top. Torn from the top shows that it was God who did it, as if He reached over the battlements of heaven and took that six inch veil in His own hands and ripped it. Of course, He may have sent angels to do this work, or perhaps He just spoke and it was done. In any case, the torn veil tells us that the way is opened to the presence of God. Man did not tear the veil, and man could never make a way to approach God. We now go beyond the veil and fellowship with God in the Holy of Holies because of the work of Jesus. We are commanded to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

MATTHEW 27:11-26

Verses 11-26 “11And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

His name was Barabbas, which means Son of the Father. This no doubt, was prearranged in God’s providence since the name the better shows that Barabbas has a likeness to Jesus the true Son of the Father. There is absolutely no evidence, however, that one of Barabbas’ names was Jesus, as some have surmised.

In a real sense, Barabbas represents all sinners for whom Jesus died. WE ARE BARABBAS!! As sinners we were guilty beyond question. And we were condemned, rightfully so. Then Jesus stepped in before the bar of God’s justice and took our place. Our Lord was crucified in our place! He suffered our separation from God. He suffered our hell. Oh, how He loved us.

MATTHEW 27:9-10

Verses 9-10 “9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
10And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.”

The words of Jeremiah quoted here were SPOKEN by Jeremiah the prophet, but were not WRITTEN in his book.  The only way we would know that Jeremiah spoke these words is that Matthew tells us so.

Matthew did not make a mistake, as some have suggested; nor have the Hebrew and Greek texts been corrupted, as others have said. Some say that Matthew mistakenly attributed to Jeremiah words that are found in Zachariah’s prophecy.  However, the exact words quoted here are not found in either Jeremiah’s book nor in Zachariah’s book. While it is a possibility that the words are paraphrased from, or alluded to in, Jeremiah 18, 19 or 32; or in Zechariah 11:12-13, it is more likely that the words were SPOKEN by Jeremiah, rather than WRITTEN.  After all, Matthew says these words were “spoken by Jeremiah the prophet.”  He did not use the words “it is written,” as He often did.  This is further evidence for the verbal inspiration of God’s words, and proves that the Bible is entirely accurate.

MATTHEW 27:1-2

Verses 1-2 “1When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.”

What a sad commentary that ALL of the chief priests (past and present) and elders of Israel wanted to murder the son of God! There was no exception, no one to stand against the hatred and extremism of these evil men. It raises the issue that religious leaders cannot be trusted to stand for the Lord.

MATTHEW 26:59

Verse 59 “Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;”

Jesus was tried before the council, also known as the Sanhedrin, but His trial was a travesty. There was no presumption of innocence, no representation by counsel, no witnesses for the defense. The trial was held in the dead of night, with false witnesses and suborned perjury. Various individuals felt free to punch and slap Jesus in the face during the trial. He was found guilty of blasphemy for telling the truth and was found worthy of death, even though it was illegal to pronounce death sentences the same day as the trial.

The Sanhedrin consisted of the most religious people in Jerusalem, representatives from among the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the priests, the scribes, and the elders. There were seventy-one members, seventy plus the High Priest, who presided. Its powers were limited by the Roman government, but it was allowed to decide domestic and religious matters, and had the power of the death penalty if the Roman governor concurred. Mostly, the Sanhedrin ruled in matters of the Old Testament Law of Moses, the traditions which had been added to the Law, religious doctrine, and charges of blasphemy. In the case of Jesus, the Sanhedrin had made up its mind long before the trial took place that He would be found guilty and put to death.

This old world hates God, and it hates Christians too. It’s treatment of God and His people is unfair, unjust, and uncivilized. We should not expect to be treated better than our Lord was treated. All that He suffered was totally undeserved, but He went through all of the pain and ignominy so that He could die for our sins. Hallelujah, What a Savior!