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1but the next day, while it was still very early, they took the spices they had prepared, went to the tomb, 2and found the stone rolled away from the tomb! 3On entering, they discovered that the body of the Lord Yeshua was gone! 4They were standing there, not knowing what to think about it, when suddenly two men in dazzlingly bright clothing stood next to them. 5Terror-stricken, they bowed down with their faces to the ground. The two men said to them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has been raised. Remember how he told you while he was still in the Galil, 7‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be executed on a stake as a criminal, but on the third day be raised again’?” 8Then they remembered his words; 9and, returning from the tomb, they told everything to the Eleven and to all the rest. 10The women who told the emissaries these things were Miryam of Magdala, Yochanah, Miryam the mother of Ya‘akov, and the others in their circle.
11But the emissaries didn’t believe them; in fact, they thought that what they said was utter nonsense! 12However, Kefa got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping down, he saw only the burial cloths and went home wondering what had happened.
13That same day, two of them were going toward a village about seven miles from Yerushalayim called Amma’us, 14and they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed, Yeshua himself came up and walked along with them, 16but something kept them from recognizing him. 17He asked them, “What are you talking about with each other as you walk along?” They stopped short, their faces downcast; 18and one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only person staying in Yerushalayim that doesn’t know the things that have been going on there the last few days?” 19“What things?” he asked them. They said to him, “The things about Yeshua from Natzeret. He was a prophet and proved it by the things he did and said before God and all the people. 20Our head cohanim and our leaders handed him over, so that he could be sentenced to death and executed on a stake as a criminal. 21And we had hoped that he would be the one to liberate Isra’el! Besides all that, today is the third day since these things happened; 22and this morning, some of the women astounded us. They were at the tomb early 23and couldn’t find his body, so they came back; but they also reported that they had seen a vision of angels who say he’s alive! 24Some of our friends went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they didn’t see him.”
25He said to them, “Foolish people! So unwilling to put your trust in everything the prophets spoke! 26Didn’t the Messiah have to die like this before entering his glory?” 27Then, starting with Moshe and all the prophets, he explained to them the things that can be found throughout the Tanakh concerning himself.
28They approached the village where they were going. He made as if he were going on farther; 29but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us, for it’s almost evening, and it’s getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them. 30As he was reclining with them at the table, he took the matzah, made the b’rakhah, broke it and handed it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But he became invisible to them. 32They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn inside us as he spoke to us on the road, opening up the Tanakh to us?”
33They got up at once, returned to Yerushalayim and found the Eleven gathered together with their friends, 34saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen! Shim‘on saw him!” 35Then the two told what had happened on the road and how he had become known to them in the breaking of the matzah.
36They were still talking about it when — there he was, standing among them! 37Startled and terrified, they thought they were seeing a ghost. 38But he said to them, “Why are you so upset? Why are these doubts welling up inside you? 39Look at my hands and my feet — it is I, myself! Touch me and see — a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see I do.” 40As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41While they were still unable to believe it for joy and stood there dumbfounded, he said to them, “Have you something here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43which he took and ate in their presence.
44Yeshua said to them, “This is what I meant when I was still with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds, so that they could understand the Tanakh, 46telling them, “Here is what it says: the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day; 47and in his name repentance leading to forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to people from all nations, starting with Yerushalayim. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49Now I am sending forth upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been equipped with power from above.”
50He led them out toward Beit-Anyah; then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah over them; 51and as he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52They bowed in worship to him, then returned to Yerushalayim, overflowing with joy. 53And they spent all their time in the Temple courts, praising God.