The hole in the rock is empty
1Early on the first day of the week, Mary from Magdala went to the hole in the rock. It was still dark. She saw that someone had removed the big stone from the front of the hole. 2So she ran to where Simon Peter was. He was with the other disciple, the one that Jesus loved. She said to them, ‘Somebody has taken the Lord's body out of the hole. We do not know where they have put him!’
3So Peter and the other disciple started to go to the hole where Jesus' body had been. 4Both of them were running. But the other disciple ran faster than Peter ran. So he reached the hole first. 5He bent himself down and he looked inside the hole. He saw the long pieces of cloth that were lying there. But he did not go in. 6Simon Peter had run behind the other disciple. When he arrived, he went into the hole. He saw the long pieces of cloth that were lying there. 7Also, he saw the piece of cloth that had been round Jesus' head. This was not in the same place as the long pieces of cloth. Someone had put it carefully in a separate place. 8Then the other disciple, who had reached the place first, went inside also. He saw and he believed. 9They still did not understand what the Bible already said. It said that Jesus had to become alive again after he had died. #20:9 See Isaiah 53:10-12; Psalm 16:10; Hosea 6:2.
Jesus appears to Mary from Magdala
10Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying. 11But Mary stood outside the hole in the rock. She was crying. While she cried, she bent herself down to look inside the hole. 12She saw two angels there. They were wearing white clothes. They were sitting where Jesus' dead body had been. One angel was sitting where Jesus' head had been. The other angel was sitting where his feet had been.
13They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ She replied, ‘They have taken away my Lord. I do not know where they have put him.’ 14When she had said this, she turned round. She saw a man who was standing there. It was Jesus, but she did not recognise him. 15Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?’ Mary thought that he was the gardener. So she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away somewhere, please tell me. Tell me where you have put him. Then I will go and I will take him back.’
16Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned towards him and she said in the Jewish language, ‘Rabboni!’ (This means ‘Teacher’.) 17Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me because I have not gone up to the Father yet. But go to my brothers, the disciples. Tell them, “Now I will go up to my Father. He is your Father also. He is my God, and he is your God.” ’ 18Mary from Magdala took this message to the disciples. She went and she said to them, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ Then she told them the things that he had said to her.
Jesus appears to his disciples
19On the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the disciples were all together. They had locked the doors of the room because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Then Jesus came and he stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were very, very happy when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, in the same way I am now sending you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them. He said, ‘Receive God's Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive a person's sins, God will forgive them too. If you do not forgive them, God will not forgive them.’
Jesus shows himself to Thomas
24One of the 12 disciples was called Thomas. (He was also called ‘the Twin’.) He was not with the other disciples when Jesus came to them. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But Thomas said to them, ‘I will never believe that he is alive again unless I myself see him. I want to see the marks of the nails in his hands. I want to touch where the nails were with my finger. I want to put my hand into his side where the spear went in. If I cannot do that, I will not believe.’
26Eight days after that, the disciples were in the house again. This time Thomas was with them. They had locked the door. But Jesus came and he stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger in here. Look at my hands. Put your hand here, in my side. Do not refuse to believe what is true. Now, believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord, and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Other people have not seen me, but they do believe in me. God is really happy with those people.’
The purpose of this book
30Jesus did many other miracles while the disciples were with him. I have not written about all of them in this book. 31But I have written about these things, so that you will be able to believe the truth. You will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Because you believe in him, you will have true life.