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."11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city. They reported to the chief priests all that had happened.12When the chief priests met with the elders, they came up with a plan. They gave the soldiers a large amount of money.13They told the soldiers, "We want you to say, 'His disciples came during the night. They stole his body while we were sleeping.'14If the governor hears this report, we will pay him off. That will keep you out of trouble."15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were told. This story has spread all around among the Jews to this very day.16Then the 11 disciples went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17When they saw him, they worshiped him. But some still had their doubts.18Then Jesus came to them. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.20Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end."
1The Sabbath day ended. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices. They were going to apply them to Jesus' body.2Very early on the first day of the week, they were on their way to the tomb. It was just after sunrise.3They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?"4Then they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away. The stone was very large.5They entered the tomb. As they did, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe. He was sitting on the right side. They were alarmed.6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here! See the place where they had put him.7Go! Tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. It will be just as he told you.' "8The women were shaking and confused. They went out and ran away from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.9Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. He had driven seven demons out of her.10She went and told those who had been with him. She found them crying. They were very sad.11They heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him. But they did not believe it.12After that, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them. This happened while they were walking out in the country.13The two returned and told the others about it. But the others did not believe them either.14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating. He spoke firmly to them because they had no faith. They would not believe those who had seen him after he rose from the dead.15He said to them, "Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone.16Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who does not believe will be punished.17Here are the miraculous signs that those who believe will do. In my name they will drive out demons. They will speak in languages they had not known before.18They will pick up snakes with their hands. And when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all. They will place their hands on sick people. And the people will get well."19When the Lord Jesus finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven. He sat down at the right hand of God.20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere. The Lord worked with them. And he backed up his word by the signs that went with it.