Matthew 28



Matthew 28 concludes with Jesus' triumphant victory over death, the commissioning of his disciples to spread the Gospel worldwide, and the assurance of his continued presence with them through the Holy Spirit. It is a fitting conclusion to the Gospel, emphasizing the central themes of resurrection, discipleship, and the global mission of the Church.


  1. The Resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-10): After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary visit the tomb. An earthquake occurs, and an angel of the Lord descends, rolling away the stone from the tomb. The guards are overcome with fear. The angel informs the women that Jesus has risen from the dead and instructs them to tell the disciples. On their way, they encounter Jesus himself, who reaffirms the message.
  2. The Report of the Guard (Matthew 28:11-15): The guards report to the chief priests what had happened at the tomb. The religious leaders bribe them to spread a false narrative, claiming that Jesus' disciples stole the body while the guards slept.
  3. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20): Jesus meets with his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. He commissions them with the famous words: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
  4. The Ascension (Matthew 28:18-20): Jesus assures his disciples of his authority in heaven and on earth. He promises to be with them always, even to the end of the age. After delivering these final instructions, Jesus ascends into heaven.