Jesus Rises from Death
1The day after the Sabbath day, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought some sweet-smelling spices to put on Jesus’ body. 2Very early on that day, the first day of the week, the women were on their way to the tomb. It was soon after sunrise. 3They said to each other, “There is a large stone covering the entrance of the tomb. Who will move the stone for us?”
4Then the women looked and saw that the stone was already moved. The stone was very large, but it was moved away from the entrance. 5The women entered the tomb and saw a young man wearing a white robe. He was sitting on the right side, and the women were afraid.
6But the man said, “Don’t be afraid. You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, the one who was killed on a cross. He has risen from death. He is not here. Look, here is the place they laid him. 7Now go and tell his followers and Peter, ‘Jesus is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there as he told you before.’”
8The women were confused and shaking with fear. They left the tomb and ran away. They did not tell anyone about what happened, because they were afraid.# Some early Greek copies end the book with verse 8.
Some Followers See Jesus
9Jesus rose from death early on the first day of the week. He showed himself first to Mary Magdalene. One time in the past, he had forced seven demons to leave Mary. 10After Mary saw Jesus, she went and told his followers. They were very sad and were crying. 11But Mary told them that Jesus was alive. She said that she had seen him, but the followers did not believe her.
12Later, Jesus showed himself to two of his followers while they were walking in the country. But Jesus did not look the same as before. 13These followers went back to the others and told them what had happened. Again, the followers did not believe them.
Jesus Talks to the Apostles
14Later Jesus showed himself to the 11 followers while they were eating. He criticized them because they had little faith. They were stubborn and refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen from death.
15Jesus said to the followers, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone. 16Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But he who does not believe will be judged guilty. 17And those who believe will be able to do these things as proof: They will use my name to force demons out of people. They will speak in languages they never learned. 18They will pick up snakes without being hurt. And they will drink poison without being hurt. They will touch the sick, and the sick will be healed.”
19After the Lord Jesus said these things to the followers, he was carried up into heaven. There, Jesus sat at the right side of God. 20The followers went everywhere in the world and told the Good News to people. And the Lord helped them. The Lord proved that the Good News they told was true by giving them power to work miracles.