"God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would."
The Sabbath was over, and it was almost daybreak on Sunday when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord's angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook from fear and fell down, as though they were dead.
The angel said to the women, "Don't be afraid! I know
you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn't
here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place where his body was lying. Now
hurry! Tell his disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his
The women were frightened and yet very happy, as they hurried
from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them
and greeted them. They went near him, held on to his feet, and
worshiped him. Then Jesus said, "Don't be afraid! Tell my
followers to go to
While the women were on their way, some soldiers who had been
guarding the tomb went into the city. They told the chief priests
everything that had happened. So the chief priests met with the leaders
and decided to bribe the soldiers with a lot of money. They said to the
soldiers, "Tell everyone that Jesus' disciples came during the night and
stole his body while you were asleep. If the governor hears about this,
we will talk to him. You won't have anything to worry
about." The soldiers took the money and did what they were
told. The people of
Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in
Jesus came to them and said:
I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible (New York , NY: American Bible Society 1995)