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21. Christ's Followers Find Out That
Jesus Rose From The Dead
The Women Come To Anoint Jesus But an Angel Of The Lord Rolls Back The
The Women Get To The Tomb But The Tomb is Empty
Now after the Sabbath, as it
began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary
Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought
spices, that they might come to
see the tomb and
Behold, there was
a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the
sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat
on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as
snow. For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.
The Women Tell The Disciples What They Saw
Now on the first day of the
week, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the
tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb. But when
the sun had risen they
and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they
had prepared. They were saying among
themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the
tomb for us?" for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was
rolled back. They entered in, and didn't find
the Lord Jesus' body. It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this,
behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. Entering into the tomb, they saw
a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe,
and they were amazed. Becoming terrified, they bowed
their faces down to the earth.
They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? "Don't be afraid, for I know that
you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see
the place where the Lord was lying. He isn't here, but is risen.
Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands
of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?"
They remembered his words, Go quickly and tell his
has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into
Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you."
They departed quickly and
the tomb with fear and great joy, for
trembling and astonishment had come on them They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid but
to bring his disciples word.
Jesus Appears Before Mary Magdalene
and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus
loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of
the tomb, and we don't know where they have laid him!"
rest of the women returned
from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to
all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of
James. The other women with them told these things to the
apostles. These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't
Therefore Peter and the other
disciple went out, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran together. The other disciple outran Peter, and
came to the tomb first. Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he
didn't enter in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered into the
tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying, and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the
linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself. So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also
entered in, and he saw and believed. For as yet they didn't know the Scripture, that he must rise
from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes, wondering
what had happened.
Jesus Appears Before The Other Women
Now when he had risen early on
the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
from whom he had cast out seven demons.
But Mary was
standing outside at the tomb weeping. So, as she wept, she
stooped and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and
one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They told her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"
She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I
don't know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus
standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you
She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, "Sir, if you
have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I
will take him away."
Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned and said to him, "Rabboni!" which is to say,
Jesus said to her, "Don't hold me, for I haven't yet ascended
to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, 'I am
ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples, those
who had been with him, as they mourned and wept that
she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.
When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her,
The Guard Report To the Jews
As they went to tell his
disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!"
They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. Go tell my
brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will
The Road to Emmaus with Jesus
Now while they were going,
behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the
chief priests all the things that had happened. When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken
counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him
away while we slept. If this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him
and make you free of worry." So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying
was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.
Jesus Appears To Most Of the Disciples Except Thomas Who Did Not Believe
After these things he was
revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on
their way into the country. Behold, two of
them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which
was sixty stadia from Jerusalem. They talked with each other about all of these things which
had happened. It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that
Jesus himself came near, and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and
One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only
stranger in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things which have
happened there in these days?"
He said to them, "What things?"
They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the
people; and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to
be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these
things happened. Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived
early at the tomb; and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that
they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was
alive. Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women
had said, but they didn't see him."
He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe
in all that the prophets have spoken! Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter
into his glory?" Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained
to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he
acted like he would go further.
They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost
evening, and the day is almost over."
He went in to stay with them. It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with
them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to
them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he
vanished out of their sight. They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within
us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the
Scriptures to us?" They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon or Cephas!" They related the things that
happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the
breaking of the bread. They didn't
believe them, either.
Jesus Comes To Convince Thomas
they said these things, When
it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when
the doors were locked where the disciples were assembled, for
fear of the Jews, Jesus himself came
among them, the
eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he said
to them, "Peace be to you."
But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed
that they had seen a spirit.
He rebuked them for their
unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn't believe
those who had seen him after he had risen
He said to them, "Why are you
troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?
showed them his hands and his side: See
my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for
a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he
said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. He took them, and ate in front of them.
therefore were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus therefore said to them again, "Peace be to you. As the
Father has sent me, even so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit! Whoever's sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever's
sins you retain, they have been retained."
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, wasn't with
them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the
But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the
nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
After eight days again his
disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the
doors being locked, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace be
to you." Thus, he
appeared to the twelve. Then he said to
Thomas, "Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here
your hand, and put it into my side. Don't be unbelieving, but
Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have
believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have
Therefore Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his
disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in
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