To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days…
I. FOR THE LORD. The period of —
1. The Sabbath rest after the completion of His work of redemption.
2. The last care of the Shepherd for His disciples.
3. The joyful expectation of His approaching exaltation.
II. FOR THE DISCIPLES. The period of —
1. The last blessed intercourse with their Divine Master.
2. Quiet communion with their own heart ("Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?").
3. Earnest preparation for their apostolic mission.
III. FOR US. An emblem of —
1. The blessed life of faith with Christ in God, concealed from the world (Corinthians 3:3).
2. The blessed work of love in the hearts of our friends in looking forward to our approaching separation.
3. The expectation of hope of our heavenly perfection.
(J. P. Lange, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: