- What truths stand out regarding:
(a) the character of the whole creation,
(b) the character of man and his relation to God?
- ‘And God said’ is found ten times.
Cf. Ps. 33:6, 9; Heb. 11:3. What does this suggest concerning the mode of creation?
What further light is provided by John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17?
- Why did God make men ‘male and female’?
What pattern for marriage is divinely ordained here?
Cf. Matt. 19:3-6.
Note. Interest should be concentrated on theological truth that cannot be leant from text books of natural science.
- What is the significance of the torn curtain of the temple (verse 51)?
Cf. Heb. 9:8; 10:19-23.
How are the manifestations recorded in verses 52, 53 linked with these truths?
- What made Joseph of Arimathea (and Nicodemus, John 19:39) come out into the open at this late stage?
Is it not at first sight strange that they should now publicly associate themselves with Christ?
What, in the purposes of God, did such a burial demonstrate and make possible?
Note. Verse 62. ‘The next day, the one after Preparation Day’: it looks as if, in their concern to safeguard the tomb, the Jewish leaders even broke their own sacred Sabbath laws.
- In these verses the Jewish people made a fateful choice. Note especially verses 20 and 25.
It was the choice of what kind of savior they wanted (see Note below).
What was the result of this choice in the life of the nation?
- In how many ways did Pilate seek to avoid a decision about Christ?
Cf. Luke 23:7. Read again the question in verses 22.
Is this not a question which I, too, must ask and answer?
Note. Verses 16, 17. There is good textual evidence in favour of reading ‘Jesus Barabbas’. This makes the question of verse 17 even more telling. This was a choice between a false claimant and the true Saviour.