Lord of Heaven & Earth by Patrick Henry Reardon

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Lord of Heaven & Earth

by Patrick Henry Reardon

It is instructive to compare and contrast the closing scenes of Jesus' earthly presence as they are presented in Luke/Acts and Matthew. The scenes are similar in that both depict Jesus' final meeting with the group known as the Eleven (hoi Hendeka, Matt. 28:16 and Luke 24:33). Connected with each presentation, likewise, is an evangelical mandate (Matt. 28:19–20; Luke 24:46–47; Acts 1:8). In both cases, the Eleven prostrate themselves before Jesus (proskyneo, Matt. 28:17 and Luke 24:52). Another similarity is that both scenes take place
on a hill.

These similarities, however, serve chiefly to highlight the differences between the two presentations. For example, the "hill" (oros) in Matthew 28:16 is found in Galilee, whereas Luke's hill is, by implication, the Mount of Olives, just east of Jerusalem (24:50).

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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