The Empty Tomb
1Now on the #Matt. 28:1–8; Mark 16:1–8; Luke 24:1–10; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the #Matt. 27:60, 66; 28:2; Mark 15:46; 16:4; Luke 24:2; John 11:38stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the #John 21:23, 24other disciple, #John 13:23; 19:26; 21:7, 20, 24whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3#Luke 24:12Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5And he, stooping down and looking in, saw #John 19:40the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7and #John 11:44the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8Then the #John 21:23, 24other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. 9For as yet they did not know the #Ps. 16:10; Acts 2:25, 31; 13:34, 35Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord
11#Mark 16:5But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14#Matt. 28:9; Mark 16:9Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and #(Luke 24:16, 31); John 21:4did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
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.”
16Jesus said to her, #John 10:3“Mary!”
She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet #Mark 16:19; Luke 24:5; Acts 1:9; 2:34–36; Eph. 4:8–10; Heb. 4:14ascended to My Father; but go to #Ps. 22:22; Matt. 18:10; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 2:11My brethren and say to them, #John 16:28; 17:11‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to #Eph. 1:17My God and your God.’ ”
18#Matt. 28:10; Luke 24:10, 23Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
The Apostles Commissioned
19#Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36; John 14:27; 1 Cor. 15:5Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for #John 9:22; 19:38fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, #John 14:27; 16:33; Eph. 2:17“Peace be with you.” 20When He had said this, He #Acts 1:3showed them His hands and His side. #John 16:20, 22Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! #(Matt. 28:18–20); John 17:18, 19; (2 Tim. 2:2); Heb. 3:1As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23#Matt. 16:19; 18:18If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Seeing and Believing
24Now Thomas, #John 11:16called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and #Ps. 22:16; Zech. 12:10; 13:6; 1 John 1:1reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be #Mark 16:14unbelieving, but believing.”
28And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. #2 Cor. 5:7; 1 Pet. 1:8Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
That You May Believe
30And #John 21:25truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31#Luke 1:4but these are written that #John 19:35; 1 John 5:13you may believe that Jesus #Luke 2:11; 1 John 5:1is the Christ, the Son of God, #John 3:15, 16; 5:24; (1 Pet. 1:8, 9)and that believing you may have life in His name.