“Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week” explains why we choose to worship on Sunday when possible. It’s not a command, it’s a choice! It’s a way to commemorate the resurrection and provide even more meaning to our worship.
Isn’t it interesting that nobody expected Jesus to be raised, even with all the miracles that He did in his lifetime, and with the fact that He continually told them it was going to happen!?!?!? It was apparently well know, since the authorities expected his disciples to steal the body to make it look like it had (Matthew 27:62-66). The authorities took precautions against a natural event, but not a supernatural event, and they are the ones who end up lying about it!
The disciples are good examples to us. They followed Jesus’ instructions precisely: “Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee.” In fact, they apparently got more information than is initially written down for us: “to the mountain Jesus had designated.” That’s an important reminder to us since it’s by comparing Scripture with Scripture that we get a better understanding, which is one of the reasons we have four gospels. More on that tomorrow!
“Go and make disciples” is literally “while going, make disciples.” There are some Greek scholars who defend the imperative aspect of the participle (making it a command), but I think the literal translation is more meaningful. “While going.” “While living your life.” “While doing your everyday activities.” This makes it a natural extension of Christian life and experience. While we are following Christ we make disciples. It’s not something that is outside of the ordinary. It’s something that should be a natural extension of who we are, and how we live.