1After the Sabbath,#Mk 16:1–8; Lk 24:1–10; Jn 20:1–8 as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.#Lk 24:4; Jn 20:12 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.#Dn 7:9; 10:6; Mk 9:3; Jn 20:12; Ac 1:10 4The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men.
5The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.#Mt 14:27; 28:10; Rv 1:17 6He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.#Mt 12:40; 16:21; 27:63 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples,#Mt 10:1; 26:56; Mk 3:7; 16:20; Lk 6:13; Jn 12:16 ‘He has risen from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”#Mt 26:32; Mk 16:7
8So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples the news. 9Just then#28:9 Other mss add as they were on their way to tell the news to his disciples Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came up, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.#Mk 16:9; Jn 20:14 10Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”#Jn 20:17; Rm 8:29; Heb 2:11–12,17
The Soldiers Bribed to Lie
11As they were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12After the priests#28:12 Lit After they had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money 13and told them, “Say this, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him while we were sleeping.’ 14If this reaches the governor’s ears, we will deal with#28:14 Lit will persuade him and keep you out of trouble.”#Mt 27:2; Ac 12:20 15They took the money and did as they were instructed, and this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.#Mt 9:31; 27:8; Mk 1:45
The Great Commission
16The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them.#Mt 26:32; 28:7 17When they saw him, they worshiped,#28:17 Other mss add him but some doubted. 18Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.#Dn 7:13–14; Jn 17:2; Rm 14:9; Eph 1:20–22; Php 2:9–10; Col 2:10; 1Pt 3:22 19Go, therefore, and make disciples#Mt 10:42; 28:19; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31; 13:35; 15:8; Ac 6:1 of#28:19 Or and disciple all nations,#Mk 16:15; Lk 24:47 baptizing#Ac 2:38; 8:16 them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,#28:20 Lit see I am with you always,#28:20 Lit all the days to the end of the age.”#Mt 13:39; 18:20; Ac 1:2; 2:42; 18:10