The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 27:53
And came out of the graves after his resurrection…
resurrection of Christ; for he rose as the first fruits, as the
first begotten of the dead, and the firstborn from the dead; for he
was the first that was raised to an immortal life; for though others
were raised before him, by himself, and in the times of the
prophets, yet to a mortal life; but these saints came forth to the
resurrection of life, and therefore it was necessary that Christ the
first fruits, should rise first. The Arabic version indeed reads,
"after their own resurrection"; and the Ethiopic version, "after
they were raised"; both wrong, and scarcely sense:
and went into the holy city;
the city of Jerusalem, which though now
a very wicked city, was so called, because of the temple, and the
worship of God, and his residence in it: the burying places of the
Jews were without the city F1, and therefore these risen saints,
are said to go into it:
and appeared unto many;
of their friends and acquaintance, who had
personally known them, and conversed with them in their lifetime.
These saints, I apprehend, continued on earth until our Lord's
ascension, and then joining the retinue of angels, went triumphantly
with him to heaven, as trophies of his victory over sin, Satan,
death, and the grave.
F1 Vid. Gloss. in T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 80. 2. & Maimon. Hilch.
Shemitta veyobel, c. 13. sect. 3.