When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just after sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they asked each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

But when they arrived at the tomb, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled away. Then when they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the man said, “Don’t be frightened. I know you’re looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. Well, he isn’t here. He’s risen! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples – and Peter – that he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.”

Then, frightened and confused, both women fled from the tomb. And they decided to keep quiet about the things that they’d seen and heard.

* * *

After Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her.

Afterwards Jesus appeared in a different form to two disciples who were walking in the country. They returned to Jerusalem and told the others, but they didn’t believe them either.

Later still, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples when they were having a meal together. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen from the dead.

Then he said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever refuses to believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: they will cast out demons in my name; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands; if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t harm them; they will place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

When the Lord Jesus had finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven, where he sat down at God’s right hand. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, confirming their message by the signs that accompanied it.


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