While it was still dark

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She told them, “They’ve taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went straight inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.

But Mary stood outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.

“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they’ve put him.”

She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.

“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener she said, “Sir, if you’ve taken him away, tell me where you’ve put him, and I will go and get him.”

“Mary!” said Jesus.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I’m ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I’ve seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus came and stood there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!

Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you don’t forgive them, they’re not forgiven.”

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus came and stood there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t doubt any longer, but believe!”

“My Lord and my God!” exclaimed Thomas.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you’ve seen me, but blessed are those who haven’t seen me yet still believe.”

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in my book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John

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