38: The King’s Resurrection and Great
Commission (Mt 28:1-20)
The gospel of
Jesus Christ did not end with His death. Without His resurrection, our faith
would be in vain and we would still be in our sin (1Cor 15:17). But after the
Lord had suffered, died and been buried, He rose from the grave just as He had
told the disciples. He had conquered death once for all and become our Savior.
As the King of kings who had received authority in heaven and on earth, He
commissioned His disciples to bring the gospel of salvation to the whole world
until He comes again.
“And Jesus came and spoke to
them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth’” (28:18).
1. In which two
places did the scenes in this chapter take place?
2a. Why is the
Lord’s resurrection central to our faith?
2b. How should the Lord’s resurrection direct our daily lives?
1. Why did the angel roll back the stone from the
2. Why should the women “rejoice”? Why should you
3. What do the reactions and decisions of the
chief priests and elders tell us about them?
4a. What two things does the “large sum of money” indicate?
4b. Does Satan
also bribe people today to keep them from telling
others about the resurrection? If so, how does he do it?
5a. Why did the
chief priests and elders promise the guards to appease the governor and make
5b. Why was the
story of the stolen body unconvincing and illogical?
6. What is a recurring word/theme in the Great
Commission (see KJV)?
7. What is the authority that Jesus had received?
8. The word “therefore” shows a direct connection
between Jesus’ authority and the commission. Explain this connection.
9a. How can we “make disciples”?
9b. What do the Lord’s words tell us about what characterizes a
10. How was the Lord’s promise to Abraham in Gen 12:3b fulfilled here?
11a. What is “the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit”? Why did Jesus give such a long description when He could have
just spelled out the name?
them in the name of …” Is this command to be merely recited as a formula during
baptism? What does it mean to be baptized in the Lord’s name?
12a. How does the great commission apply to you personally? How
would you fulfill the great commission?
12b. Explain the Lord’s promise, “I am with you always, even to
the end of the age” and apply it to the commission.