Meanwhile, the guards had scattered, but a few of them went into the city and told the high priests everything that had happened.
They called a meeting of the religious leaders and came up with a plan: They took a large sum of money and gave it to the soldiers,
bribing them to say, "His disciples came in the night and stole the body while we were sleeping."
They assured them, "If the governor hears about your sleeping on duty, we will make sure you don't get blamed."
The soldiers took the bribe and did as they were told. That story, cooked up in the Jewish High Council, is still going around.
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion.
The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you:
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)