Jesus Rises from Death
1Very early on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. They brought the spices they had prepared. 2They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance of the tomb. 3They went in, but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, two men in shining clothes suddenly stood beside them. 5The women were very afraid; they bowed their heads to the ground. The men said to the women, “Why are you looking for a living person here? This is a place for the dead. 6Jesus is not here. He has risen from death! Do you remember what he said in Galilee? 7He said that the Son of Man must be given to evil men, be killed on a cross, and rise from death on the third day.” 8Then the women remembered what Jesus had said.
9The women left the tomb and told all these things to the 11 apostles and the other followers. 10These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women. The women told the apostles everything that had happened at the tomb. 11But they did not believe the women. It sounded like nonsense. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He looked in, but he saw only the cloth that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in. Peter went away to be alone, wondering about what had happened.
On the Road to Emmaus
13That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a town named Emmaus. It is about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking about everything that had happened. 15While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself came near and began walking with them. 16(They were not allowed to recognize Jesus.) 17Then he said, “What are these things you are talking about while you walk?”
The two followers stopped. Their faces were very sad. 18The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only one in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there.”
19Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about?”
The followers said, “It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet from God to all the people. He said and did many powerful things. 20Our leaders and the leading priests gave him up to be judged and killed. They nailed him to a cross. 21But we were hoping that he would free the Jews. It is now the third day since this happened. 22And today some women among us told us some amazing things. Early this morning they went to the tomb, 23but they did not find his body there. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! 24So some of our group went to the tomb, too. They found it just as the women said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25Then Jesus said to them, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said. 26They said that the Christ must suffer these things before he enters his glory.” 27Then Jesus began to explain everything that had been written about himself in the Scriptures. He started with Moses, and then he talked about what all the prophets had said about him.
28They came near the town of Emmaus, and Jesus acted as if he did not plan to stop there. 29But they begged him, “Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night.” So he went in to stay with them.
30Jesus sat down with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and divided it. Then he gave it to them. 31And then, they were allowed to recognize Jesus. But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. 32They said to each other, “When Jesus talked to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us. It was exciting when he explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.”
33So the two followers got up at once and went back to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 apostles and others gathered. 34They were saying, “The Lord really has risen from death! He showed himself to Simon.”
35Then the two followers told what had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread.
Jesus Appears to His Followers
36While the two followers were telling this, Jesus himself stood among those gathered. He said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37They were fearful and terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost. 38But Jesus said, “Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not have a body like this.”
40After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41The followers were amazed and very happy. They still could not believe it. Jesus said to them, “Do you have any food here?” 42They gave him a piece of cooked fish. 43While the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it.
44He said to them, “Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms.”
45Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He said to them, “It is written that the Christ would be killed and rise from death on the third day. 47-48You saw these things happen—you are witnesses. You must tell people to change their hearts and lives. If they do this, their sins will be forgiven. You must start at Jerusalem and preach these things in my name to all nations. 49Listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven.”
Jesus Goes Back to Heaven
50Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. He raised his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he was separated from them and carried into heaven. 52They worshiped him and then went back to the city very happy. 53They stayed in the Temple all the time, praising God.