Matthew 28 Notes
 Resurrection and the Sabbath
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Matt. 27:66  So they [the Jewish leaders] went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
 28:1 ¶ In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Did Matthew announce a new Sabbath?
    I received an e-mail message from a kind gentleman who had seen my website. He invited me to look at his site relative to my understanding of the Sabbath. I studied it and prepared a response which follows in edited form. I do not think a large number of people would hold his position, but in case you do or you want to understand why you do not, you may find my thoughts helpful. And remember, any time you open the Word, pray for understanding. God always hears this prayer. The discussion follows.
Dear Sir (responding to the one who asked the question above-right),
    I studied your web explanation of the Sabbath being changed to the first day of the week. Some very sincere people believe this, but I find no good biblical support for the idea. You quoted a translation of Matt. 28:1 as follows: "Now it is the evening of the Sabbaths.  At the lighting up into one of the Sabbaths came Mary Magdalena and the other Mary to behold the sepulcher". I can see that this might be close to a possibility. The verse is more accurately (although not literally) translated in the NIV which reads: "After the Sabbath at the dawn of the first day of the week." The KJV is also correct but not so clear.
    Let's begin by looking at the word which you show translated as "evening." Here is my lexicon definition. 

 3796 opse (op-seh')
 from the same as 3694 (through the idea of backwardness); (adverbially) late in the day;; v
 AV-in the end 1, even 1, at even 1; 3

 1) after a long time, long after, late
 1a) late in the day, i.e. at evening
 1b) the sabbath having just passed, after the sabbath
 1b1) at the early dawn of the first day of the week

Instead of "evening" a better choice would be "night after" or "after" which is the reading of my Interlinear (although either after or evening is correct for the word itself).
The bigger problem is that your translation splits the Greek sentence in two. It's true that the original text didn't mark sentence separations but it does use sentences, and without a verb you have no sentence. There is no verb in the first part of the original text which you show as a sentence. The words "Now it is" just are not drawn from the Greek text at all. One would need a very good reason for adding them.
Now let's look at the Greek meaning for the word you have as "sabbaths." It is clearly applied to either "sabbath" or "week." (The more common Greek word for Sabbath is 

 4521 sabbaton (sab'-bat-on)
 of Hebrew origin 07676 tbf; TDNT-7:1,989; n n
 AV-sabbath day 37, sabbath 22, week 9; 68

 1) the seventh day of each week which was a sacred festival on which the Israelites were required to abstain from all work
   1a) the institution of the sabbath, the law for keeping holy every seventh day of the week
   1b) a single sabbath, sabbath day
 2) seven days, a week.

    I can see how "lighting up of one sabbath" or "dawn of one sabbath" could also be correct apart from the context.
Let's say that your translation is somehow an optional reading. We need to decide whether it or the traditional way of translating the passage is correct. For that, we turn to see how Luke describes the situation:

Luke 23:55  "And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
 56  And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
 1 ¶ Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

    Luke, who wrote well after the time of the resurrection, clarifies that he and those closest to Christ considered the day before Sunday to be the Sabbath. Your interpretation still has a few problems.
Luke would have been wrong in referring to the "first day of the week." if it were a new Sabbath. Only the 6th day (preparation day) and the seventh (Sabbath) had names. The other days were simply numbered.
Days in the Bible begin at sunset and continue to the next sunset (le2332). In other words, the dawn or "lighting up" time when the women came, was in the middle of the first day of the week. With this starting point, it is difficult to imagine that Matthew's words could be symbolic of a new kind of Sabbath. Sunday now starts at midnight, so it doesn't fit that way either.
Look at the phrase in your translation: "At the lighting up into one of the Sabbaths. . . ." If Matthew had been announcing a grand change in the day which since creation had been the day of rest, he would have said "the first new sabbath." To say, "one of the sabbaths" implies that there had been many before. Or if the first of a series, the series would have been already announced, likely in the preceding context. Actually, only the seventh-day Sabbath had been discussed.

Next, consider the testimony of the rest of the Bible
Paul ". . . reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks" (Acts 18:4). Without Paul's explanation of a new Sabbath, the Jews (to whom the Synagogue belonged), would have known the word Sabbath to mean the seventh day not the first which was only for pagan worship at that time. The Greeks were coming out of paganism and would have recognized the term "sabbath" as meaning the traditional Jewish day of worship. The first-day worship they had known happened on the day of the sun Sunday.
    The very fact that Paul and writers of other other epistles didn't urge good Sabbath keeping is because it was not an issue at the time. The problem for Jews, who made up a good portion of the early church, was believing that salvation came from the law. It was not ignoring the law, especially the first four commandments about our duty to God. Any non-Jew considering worship of the creator God instead of the pagan gods had only one choice, the day explained in the writings about the Creator. These were the Jewish Scriptures our Old Testament. Jesus and the writings of the apostles had held it as authoritative.
John the Revelator was in the spirit on the Lord's day (Rev. 1:10). Not until at least 75 years after John would have been dead is any known mention made which would have linked the term, Lord's day, with Sunday. Did the Lord John knew so well ever claim a day as His own? Indeed He did. See Mark 2:27, 28 mr0227. He said He was "Lord of the Sabbath." This meant only the seventh day of the week in that context. In fact, the Sabbath commandment says, ". . . for the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." (Ex. 20), and that context takes you back to the end of creation week. For John, the Lord had claimed only one day in the week for a special relationship with Him.
   You could argue that John was talking about the "day of the Lord" but where the term is used in Joel and Malachi "day" means a time in the future, not a day of the week. It is the time of the final wrath of God the "time of trouble," da1201. The rest of the book of Revelation does include this wrath, but also much more which leads up to it, which you can see by looking at the seven churches in chapters 2 and 3, and realizing that messages to them were in the whole of the book of Revelation (1:11, 4).
   In the text in Mark, Jesus also said that the Sabbath was made for man. This meant "humanity" not just for the Jews. There were no Jews at the time of Creation when the day was "made." (Gen. 2:1-3 ge0201). It is truly a blessing, a time God has promised to be close to us as we "rest" in the fact that He does the work for our salvation just like He did the work of creation in the first place!
    So could the day have been changed at the resurrection? No. This reason for Sunday worship was an afterthought. Christians began worshipping on the pagans' day of the sun god many years later when the Roman government began persecuting the Jews who were stirring up rebellion. The Christians didn't want to be associated with them so tried to act more pagan, gradually giving more and more importance to Sunday. It's a sad story. Soon the church had incorporated paganism into its doctrine for political reasons and it designated Sunday as the day of worship re1316f.
    Please look at the my other discussions of the Sabbath issue. Link.

I pray that the eternal God of heaven will give you courage and wisdom. 

Your friend,

Baptism and church membership
.18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
.19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
   A lady, studying a series of Bible lessons asked some important questions about baptism. I inserted responses into her question paragraph. Following is an edited version of the dialogue.
I noticed your good questions. May the Lord lead you after His own heart. 

Her question:
   How does a person become baptized without a church?

  This has been done but it is not the plan we see in the Bible. Baptism and becoming part of the church were understood as part of the same process. No verse answers your question directly, but we can see it in looking at many verses. Compare Mark 16:15, 16, Acts 2:47. mr1615, ac0247.

    I have not found my church, but do want to be baptized.  I have never felt comfortable in a church. The people make me skeptical.

  Your feeling is frequently expressed by others. Churches include people who are faulty and whose hearts are not ready for heaven. Jesus told a story about this. Read Matt. 13 noticing whose job it is to worry about who is ready and who is not. You will remember Jesus' first core "church" of twelve disciples. Peter denied Him, James and John were "sons of thunder." Thomas doubted Him, and Judas betrayed Him.

   Thus far my journey has been very personal and private but honest. I have shared only with a few special people. I don't like being in the spotlight. Baptism is a personal matter for me.

  This I can understand. A walk with the Lord must be primarily personal and private even when belonging to a church. Then as you begin to attend, sharing with others is fellowship which strengthens everyone. Your good experiences are for sharing with others. The dark ones where you were in rebellion against God and His word, are for you to turn over to the Lord as you ask for forgiveness and make changes in your life. See Prov. 28:13. Rehersing details of sins, may actually tempt others to practice them.

   Also, does baptism in a church signify membership for those not already belonging to that church? Do you already have to be a member before you can be baptized there?

  In the church I'm affiliated with, membership and baptism go together. However, not being a member does not exclude one from attending and enjoying the fellowship of believers. Most churches are joined casually. But because of the whole-Bible base of my church, we don't rush people into the baptism and membership. We don't want people to accept doctrines just because the church teaches them. It has to be their own choice after prayerfully considering them. 
    Baptism of infants cannot express their choice to follow Christ. You probably studied about this in your lesson.
   So what is the purpose of Baptism? It's the same as the reason for weddings. Both are serious commitments. People who just "live together" are sometimes happy (I guess), but without a serious commitment, they can break up and leave hurting and hatred. Children born to them are left without that security of commitment.
    Public baptism by immersion is less scary when you understand the process. The minister explains just what will happen so you won't have a surprise. Ladies from the church are there to help you, too. 

   In conclusion, remember Jesus' words: "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8, 9.). When you follow Jesus in baptism, you witness to the church and to your friends and family that you are making a serious commitment to Him and that your example is good for them to consider.

Resurrection sequence of events
Each gospel writer gives details not mentioned by the others. Here is a suggestion I found for the sequence. I have noted only the first verse for each event. Often only one verse is important.
    1. The body is still in the tomb before daybreak.
    2. Mary Magdalene starts on her way to the tomb jn2001. The other women came as a group planning to meet Mary at about sunrise mr1602.
    3. Before any of them arrived, the earth shook and an angel of the Lord descended and came to the tomb and rolled away the stone mt2802. The risen Lord and the angels departed.
    4. The Roman soldiers who had witnessed the resurrection ran to the city to tell everyone.
    5. Mary Magdalene then arrived at the empty tomb jn2001, and hurried back to tell the disciples jn2002.
    6. The other women arrived mr1601, lu2401, lu2410 and discovered the angel sitting on the stone he had removed mt2802 and began to flee. He spoke to them mt2805, mr1606, They entered the sepulcher and saw another angel sitting where Jesus had lain mr1605, jn2012. The angels asked why they were looking for the living among the dead lu2405.
    7. The women went to tell the disciples as the angels had asked them to mt2808, mr1608, lu2409. As they were on their way, the guards arrived at the home of the chief priests mt2811.
    8. At the same time Mary Magdalene had found Peter and John and told them what they had seen. jn2002. The two hurried toward the sepulcher, John arriving first jn2003. Neither saw the angels jn2005, lu2412. Mary followedthem and remained after they left. jn2011.
    9. Mary stooped to look into the sepulcher and saw the two angels seated on the stone slab jn2011.
   10. She stood and heard the voice of Jesus who asked the question the angels had asked. She does not recognize Him. jn2014. He revealed Himself first to her mr1609 although the soldiers had seen Him. He spoke with her jn2015, and she hurried to tell the disciples jn2018.
   11. Jesus ascended to heaven where the Father accepted the sacrifice completing the covenant between them jn2017.
   12. When He returned, He appeared to the other women mt2809. This was while they were hurrying to report the resurrection to the disciples. This was apparently the last of the rapid succession of events of the resurrection morning although we are not sure when He appeared to Peter lu2434, 1co1505.
.Events later that day (items 1-3) and until the ascension
    1. Appearance to Peter, as in item 12 above. (He appeared only to believers after the resurrection)
    2. To the two followers on their way to Emmaus lu2413, mr1612.
    3. To the ten in the upper room mr1614, lu2433, jn2019, 1co1505
    4. To the eleven disciples with Thomas who had not been present in the upper room jn2026.
    5. To the disciples in Galilee. This would have been after the Passover week and after travel time to go north to Galilee. During about three weeks He met with them twice as He had requested mt2816, mr1607, 1co1506. The first encounter was with seven disciples on the lake jn2101.
    6. In the second encounter He appeared to about 500 people on a mountain in Galilee (implied in jn2101). At that time He spoke as recorded in mt2817.
    7. He appeared to James 1co1507.
    8. On Iyyar 25, Thursday, probably a month or more after the resurrection. He went with the eleven to the Mount of Olives and ascended to heaven mr1619, lu2450, ac0104, 1co1507.
Resurrection reality
Strange as it seems to Bible-believing Christians, many today teach that Jesus was not resurrected. This position comes from a theological concept called the historical-critical method of interpretation which looks at current scientific reality in the world for understanding the past. Therefore miracles are rejected. The idea of no resurrection requires doubting major concepts of Scripture leaving us with no anchor in the sacred book. It leads people to eternal darkness, the objective of Satan. Consider several passages which confirm the Bible story:
   1. The resurrection of the righteous and future life depend on the reality of the resurrection of Christ 1co1512. The link codes point to the first verses of passages.
  2. Baptism, the testimony of those committed to Christ, is based on a factual resurrection ro0603.
   3. Jesus promised that He would be resurrected jn1017, lu1833, mt2661.
   4. Christ would be the first fruits of the resurrection (the beginning of the harvest). Then the faithful would follow 1co1520.

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