1Very early on the first day of the week, they went to the place where Joseph had buried Jesus. They took with them the spices that they had prepared. 2They arrived there. They found that someone had rolled the big stone away from the hole. 3They went inside the hole in the rock, but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus there. 4They did not understand this at all. But while they were thinking about it, two men appeared. Their clothes shone brightly like lightning. These men came and stood beside them. 5So the women became very afraid and they went down low with their faces on the ground.
The men said to the women, ‘This is a place to bury dead people. You should not be looking here for someone who is alive. 6Jesus is not here. He has become alive again! Remember what he said to you, while he was still with you in Galilee. 7He said, “It is necessary that someone should give the Son of Man into the power of bad men. They will kill him on a cross. But 3 days later he will become alive again.” ’
8Then the women remembered the words that Jesus had said in Galilee. 9They left the hole where Jesus' body had been. They went to the 11 apostles. They told them what had happened. They also told all the other people who were there. 10It was Mary from Magdala, Joanna, James' mother Mary, and other women who were with them that told the news about Jesus to the apostles. 11But they did not believe what the women said. They thought that it was just a silly story. 12But Peter got up and he ran to the hole in the rock. He bent down and he looked inside. He saw only the long cloth that they had put round Jesus' body. There was nothing else. So he went home again. He could not understand what might have happened.
Jesus shows himself to two disciples
13Later on that same day, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village. The village was called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15While they were talking like this, Jesus himself came near to them. He started to walk along with them. 16They saw him, but for some reason they did not recognise him. 17Jesus asked them, ‘What are you talking about while you walk along the road?’
They stood still and they seemed sad. 18One of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘Many things have happened in Jerusalem in the last few days. Are you the only visitor here that does not know about it?’ 19Jesus asked them, ‘What things have happened?’
They replied, ‘The things that happened to Jesus who was from Nazareth. He was a prophet from God. He did many great things and he spoke powerful messages. God showed that his message was true. All the people believed him. 20Then the leaders of the priests and our rulers took hold of him. They gave him to the Roman ruler. They said that he had done bad things and that he ought to die. So they killed him by fixing him to a cross. 21But before that we had hoped that he would save the people of Israel. We hoped that he would make us free again.
There are other things too. Today is the third day since Jesus died. 22After all this happened, some women in our group surprised us. Early this morning, they went to the place where Joseph had buried him. 23But they did not find his body there. So they returned to us and said, “Some angels appeared to us. They have told us that Jesus is alive.” 24So some people from our group went to the place where his body had been. They found everything just the same as the women had said. But they did not see Jesus.’
25Jesus then said to them, ‘How silly you are! You are very slow to believe everything that God's prophets said long ago 26You should have known that the Messiah had to die. Only then would he return to heaven and show how great and powerful he is.’ 27Jesus then began to explain to them what Moses and all God's prophets had taught. He showed them what they wrote in the Bible about himself.
28Then they came near to the village that the disciples were going to. It seemed that Jesus would continue his journey. 29But they wanted him to stop there. They said to him, ‘Please stay in our home with us. It is getting late, and it will soon be night.’
So Jesus went into their house to stay with them. 30He sat down to eat with them. He took the bread and he thanked God for it. He broke it into pieces and he gave some to them. 31Then their eyes became clear and they recognised him. Immediately after that they could no longer see him. 32They said to each other, ‘When he talked to us, it was like a fire that was burning inside us. We felt it while we were walking along the road. We also felt it when he was explaining God's message in the Bible.’
33They immediately got up and they returned to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 apostles and other people who were with them. 34The people there gave the two disciples the news, ‘It is true! The Lord Jesus is alive again. He has appeared to Simon!’
35Then the two disciples spoke to the whole group. They told what had happened to them on the road to their village. They told how they recognised Jesus when he broke the bread into pieces in their home.
Jesus appears to the group
36While they were still speaking like that, Jesus himself stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
37But the whole group was very surprised and afraid. They thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38Jesus said to them, ‘You should not be so afraid. You seem to have trouble in your minds about what you are seeing. 39Now look at my hands and my feet. It is really me! Touch me. Then you will know that I am not a spirit. A spirit does not have a body with skin and bones. You can see that I have a real body.’
40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41This was such good news, they were very happy. But they could still not really believe it. So he asked them, ‘Do you have anything that I could eat?’ 42They gave him a piece of fish that they had cooked. 43While they were watching, he took it and he ate it.
44Then he said to them, ‘I told you about these things while I was still with you. Everything that God's servants wrote about me in the Bible had to happen. Moses wrote about me in his book of God's Law. The prophets also wrote about me. The book called Psalms also tells about me. And now it has become true.’
45Then he helped them to understand God's message in the Bible. 46He told them, ‘This is what it says there: The Messiah had to die. Then, after three days, he had to rise up and become alive again. 47People in every country of the world must hear God's message. They must stop doing wrong things and change how they live. When they do this, God will forgive them. He will forgive all the bad things that they have done. People need to tell this message about the Messiah in Jerusalem first, then tell people in other countries. 48You are the people who have seen what has happened here. You must tell other people about it. 49Now listen! I will send to you the gift that God my Father has promised to give to you. You must stay here in the city until this happens. Then the power of God will come from heaven and it will cover you.’
Jesus goes up to God in heaven
50Then Jesus led the group of his disciples out of the city. They all went to a place near the village called Bethany. He held up his hands towards them all. He asked God to be good to them. 51While he was praying for them like that, he went up away from them. God lifted him up to heaven. 52The disciples praised Jesus for his great power. Then they returned to Jerusalem and they were all very happy. 53All the time they were in God's Great House and they were praising God.