Matthew 28 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Risen Christ appears #2 Matthew 28:2-4 – An Angel Rolled Away the Stone
|| Mark 16:3-5; Luke 24:2-4; John 20:11, 12
MT28:2 Now, look! a great earthquake occurred. An angel of the Lord [YHWH] descended from heaven and approaching [the tomb] he rolled away the stone and sat on top of it. MT28:3 The outward appearance of the angel was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. MT28:4 Out of fear of the angel those custodial guards who saw this began to tremble with fear and became as dead persons.
 Was like lightning: Compare Judges 13:6 and Daniel 10:6. Luke 24:4 adds, “in flashing clothing.” r, NEB: face shone like lightning; TCNT: as dazzlingly as lightning.
“Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.” (Jud 13:6 NIV)
“His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.” (Da 10:6 NIV)
 Became as dead persons: That is, unconscious. Or, BER: became like corpses; PME: collapsed like dead men.