M A T T H E W.
In the foregoing chapters, we saw the Captain of
our salvation engaged with the powers of darkness, attacked by
them, and vigorously attacking them; victory seemed to hover
between the combatants; nay, at length, it inclined to the enemies'
side, and our Champion fell before them; behold, God has delivered
his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemies' hand.
Christ in the grave is like the ark in Dagon's temple; the powers
of darkness seemed to ride masters, but then the Lord awaked as one
out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of
wine, Ps. lxxviii. 61,
65. The prince of our peace is in this chapter rallying
again, coming out of the grave, a Conqueror, yea, more than a
conqueror, leading captivity captive; though the ark be a prisoner,
Dagon falls before it, and it proves that none is able to stand
before the holy Lord God. Now the resurrection of Christ being one
of the main foundations of our religion, it is requisite that we
should have infallible proofs of it; four of which proofs we have
in this chapter, which are but a few of many, for Luke and John
give a larger account of the proofs of Christ's resurrection than
Matthew and Mark do. Here is, I. The testimony of the angel to
Christ's resurrection, ver.
1-8. II. His appearance himself to the women, ver. 9, 10. III. The confession of
the adversaries that were upon the guard, ver. 11-15. IV. Christ's appearance to the
disciples in Galilee, and the commission he gave them, ver. 16-20.