Matthew 28
Chapter 28
Jesus becomes alive again
1After the day of rest had finished, on the first day of the week, Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of James got up early. They went to the hole in the rock where Joseph had put the dead body of Jesus.
2At that moment, the ground moved about very strongly. One of the Lord God's angels came from heaven. He went to the rock. He rolled the big stone away from the hole and then he sat on top of it. 3He shone brightly like lightning. His clothes were very white like snow. 4The soldiers who were carefully watching that place were very frightened. They suddenly fell down on the ground. Like dead men, they could not move.
5Then the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus. The soldiers killed him on a cross. 6But he is not here. He has become alive again. That is what he said would happen. Come here. You can see the place where he was lying. 7Then you must go quickly to his disciples. Tell them, “Jesus is alive again, and he is going to Galilee. You must also go there and you will see him.” That is the message that I have brought for you.’
8So the women went away quickly from the hole in the rock. They were very frightened, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell the disciples the angel's message. 9At that moment, Jesus met the two women. and he said, ‘Hello.’ They went close to him. They held on to his feet and they worshipped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my disciples to go to Galilee. They will see me there.’
The soldiers tell the leaders of the priests what happened
11The women went to tell the disciples Jesus' message. At the same time, some of the soldiers who had watched the rock also went into the city. The soldiers told the leaders of the priests everything that had happened at the rock. 12The leaders of the priests and the important Jews met together. They decided what they should do now. They gave the soldiers a lot of money so that they would obey them. 13They said to the soldiers, ‘When people ask you, you must say this: “Jesus' disciples came to the rock in the night and they took his body away. We were asleep when they did this.” 14If the Roman ruler Pilate hears about this, we will explain things to him. Do not be afraid. He will not punish you.’ #28:14 The leaders of the priests and the important Jews gave the soldiers money. Then the soldiers would not tell the people what had really happened.
15The soldiers took the money. They said what the Jewish leaders told them to say. Many Jews have heard the soldiers' story. Even today they still believe that it happened like that.
Jesus appears to his apostles
16After this, the 11 disciples went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they arrived at the place, they saw Jesus. Then they went down on their knees and they worshipped him. But some of the disciples were not sure that it really was Jesus. 18Jesus went close to them and he said to them, ‘God has given me authority over everyone and everything. I have all authority in heaven and in this world. 19So, you must go to people in every country of the world. Teach them how to become my disciples. Baptise them by the authority of God the Father, his Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will be with you until the end of time.’