But very early on Sunday morning a the women came to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
They found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside.
So they went in, but they couldn't find the body of the Lord Jesus.
They were puzzled, trying to think what could have happened to it. Suddenly, two men appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, "Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive?
He isn't here! He has risen from the dead! Don't you remember what he told you back in Galilee,
that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again the third day?"
Then they remembered that he had said this.
So they rushed back to tell his eleven disciples -- and everyone else -- what had happened.
The women who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others. They told the apostles what had happened,
but the story sounded like nonsense, so they didn't believe it.
However, Peter ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened. b
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)