On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared1 and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.24
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning3 stood beside them.
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:47'The Son of Man5 must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' "68
Then they remembered his words.79
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them8 who told this to the apostles.911
But they did not believe10 the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves,11 and he went away,12 wondering to himself what had happened.
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven milesa from Jerusalem.1314
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;1416
but they were kept from recognizing him.1517
He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas,16 asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
19"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth,"17 they replied. "He was a prophet,18 powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.
The chief priests and our rulers19 handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;
but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.20 And what is more, it is the third day21 since all this took place.
In addition, some of our women amazed us.22 They went to the tomb early this morning
but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."2325
He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!26Did not the Christb have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"2427
And beginning with Moses25 and all the Prophets,26 he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.2728
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.
But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it28 and began to give it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,29 and he disappeared from their sight.
They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us30 while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures31 to us?"
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
and saying, "It is true! The Lord 32 has risen and has appeared to Simon."3335
Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.34
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."3537
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.3638
He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself ! Touch me and see;37 a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."40
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"42
They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
and he took it and ate it in their presence.3844
He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you:39 Everything must be fulfilled40 that is written about me in the Law of Moses,41 the Prophets42 and the Psalms."4345
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer44 and rise from the dead on the third day,4547and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name46 to all nations,47 beginning at Jerusalem.4848You are witnesses49 of these things.49I am going to send you what my Father has promised;50 but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany,51 he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.5252
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
And they stayed continually at the temple,53 praising God.