After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany went to check on Jesus' tomb. There was a violent earthquake and an angel of the Lord rolled away the stone, and sat on top of it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were as white as snow. The guards who were watching the tomb were so afraid of him. The angel told the women that Christ has risen, and instructed them to tell the disciples. The risen Jesus Himself appeared to them, and told them to tell the disciples.
Matthew 28:9-10 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped 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.”When the chief priests heard the account of those guards, they tried to cover up the resurrection, maintaining that Jesus’ body was stolen. The guards were bribed to lie by and told to circulate this version of the story - which is widely circulated among the Jews to this day.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee as directed. When they met him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.
Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.orgJesus gave them The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" became a standard expression in the liturgy of the early church.
The idea of Jesus being ‘with us’ picks up on the meaning of ‘Immanuel’ mentioned in Matthew 1:23.
This chapter concludes the Book of Matthew - the first Gospel.