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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:11-18

The powers of holy love. The women rose early on the third day, but there was One who rose earlier. They were last at the cross, and first at the grave. Mary Magdalene was the first of the group. She ran back to Peter and John with the tidings. There was a race between the two to the tomb. John outran Peter. Love is swifter of foot than faith, but faith is more courageous and was in the sepulcher first. Love followed. Mary is for a moment lost in the narrative, but appears again as the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:17

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for , etc. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:17

A message full of meaning. The risen Christ was the link between Deity and mankind. Standing beyond the tomb, yet below the clouds, he sent a message to the disciples whom he was about to leave, concerning the Divine Father whom he was about to join. How fitly, wisely, and tenderly did he communicate with them in these words! I. DOCTRINE CONCERNING CHRIST HIMSELF . 1. His humanity . He still calls the apostles "my brethren." Although he has risen in glory, and is about to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 20:17

Touch me not ... - This passage has given rise to a variety of interpretations. Jesus required Thomas to touch him John 20:27, and it has been difficult to ascertain why he forbade this now to Mary. The reason why he directed Thomas to do this was, that he doubted whether he had been restored to life. Mary did not doubt that. The reason why he forbade her to touch him now is to be sought in the circumstances of the case. Mary, filled with joy and gratitude, was about to prostrate herself at his... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - John 20:16-17

John 20:16-17. Jesus saith unto her, Mary Expressing himself with an emphasis, and that air of kindness and freedom, with which he had been wont to speak to her. This one word, Mary, was like that to the disciples, in the storm, It is I. She turned herself directly toward him, and, eagerly fixing her eyes upon him, instantly discovered who it was; and transported with a mixture of unutterable passions, she cried, Rabboni, which is to say, Master And so much was her heart affected,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - John 20:1-18

RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION161. Morning of the resurrection (Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)It is not surprising that there are differences in the accounts of what people saw on the Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead. The sight of the empty tomb and the heavenly messengers produced a mixture of reactions - excitement, joy, anxiety, fear, wonder. There was confusion as people rushed here and there to tell others. One writer records what he heard from some,... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - John 20:17

Touch Me not = Do not be holding Me. Greek. hapto. Only here in John; elsewhere, thirty-nine times. See Matthew 8:3 , Matthew 8:18 ; Matthew 9:20 , Matthew 9:21 , Matthew 9:29 . not . Greek me. App-105 . for . This gives the reason for the prohibition. He afterwards allowed the women to hold Him by the feet (Matthew 28:9 ). On this day, the morrow after the Sabbath, the high priest would be waving the sheaf of the firstfruits before the Lord (Leviticus 23:10 , Leviticus 23:11 ); while... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - John 20:17

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God. Mary Magdalene cometh and telleth the disciples, I have seen the Lord; and that he had said these things unto her.Although forbidden to touch the Lord, Mary nevertheless was granted the far more wonderful privilege of telling the good news of his resurrection and of announcing to them the forthcoming... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - John 20:17

John 20:17. Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended, &c.— The objectors to the resurrection of Jesus, have inferred fromthis circumstance, that Christ's body was not a real tangible body: but this could never be inferred from the words Touch me not; for thousands make use of that expression every day, without giving the least suspicion that their bodies are not tangible, or capable of being touched: nor could this conclusion be built upon the words, I am not yet ascended to my Father; for... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - John 20:17

17. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father—Old familiarities must now give place to new and more awful yet sweeter approaches; but for these the time has not come yet. This seems the spirit, at least, of these mysterious words, on which much difference of opinion has obtained, and not much that is satisfactory said. but go to my brethren—(Compare Matthew 28:10; Hebrews 2:11; Hebrews 2:17). That He had still our Humanity, and therefore "is not ashamed to call... read more

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