The stories about Jesus’ appearances after the Resurrection in Matt. 28 show Jesus in the typical situation of a governor
at the morning audience. Jesus and the angels appear – like the governor – dressed in white linen; the people approach them with their concerns and wishes. Jesus shows both nearness and distance.
Raimund Schulz writes the following on the significance of the governor’s morning audience (Herrschaft und Regierung, p. 108f):
“To be surrounded every morning by a large crowd seeking advice and help – this too was a sign of (the governor’s) prestige and power. It gave the aristocratic ruler legitimacy … “