Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Stories of Easter - From Matthew

Below are the notes from the first session of a Lenten study entitled "The Stories of Easter." This 3-session series considers resurrection accounts as written in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This week we discussed Matthew 28:1-10  You may listen to a podcast of this session on the Cove Presbyterian PodBean page. 

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Characteristics of the Gospel of Matthew
  • Matthew was probably written after Mark, because 95% of Mark is in Matthew. Luke and Matthew also shared some common teaching. Matthew follows Mark’s chronology.
  • Since the author is not mentioned in the text, the author is anonymous.
  • The audience would seem to be influenced by Judaism, but not educated Jews.
  • There’s a strong emphasis in Matthew on the Kingdom of Heaven and the dramatic.

Matthew 28:1-10:

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men, But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. he is not here; for he has been raised, as he said, Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘he has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples, Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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