62The next day was the day after Preparation Day. The chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.63"Sir," they said, "we remember something that liar said while he was still alive. He claimed, 'After three days I will rise again.'64So give the order to make the tomb secure until the third day. If you don't, his disciples might come and steal the body. Then they will tell the people that Jesus has been raised from the dead. This last lie will be worse than the first."65"Take some guards with you," Pilate answered. "Go. Make the tomb as secure as you can."66So they went and made the tomb secure. They put a seal on the stone and placed some guards on duty.
1The Sabbath day was now over. It was dawn on the first day of the week. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.2There was a powerful earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven. The angel went to the tomb. He rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His body shone like lightning. His clothes were as white as snow.4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.5The angel said to the women, "Don't be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying.7Go quickly! Tell his disciples, 'He has risen from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."8So the women hurried away from the tomb. They were afraid, but they were filled with joy. They ran to tell the disciples.9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings!" he said. They came to him, took hold of his feet and worshiped him.10Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me."