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Chapter 20

1On the day after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from it. 2So she ran away and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple who was dear to Jesus, and said to them,

“They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him.”

3So Peter and the other disciple went out of the city and started for the tomb. 4And they both ran, and the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first. 5And he stooped down and saw the bandages lying on the ground, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came up behind him, and he went inside the tomb, and saw the bandages lying on the ground, 7and the handkerchief that had been over Jesus’ face not on the ground with the bandages, but folded up by itself. 8Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first went inside too, and saw and was convinced. 9For they did not yet understand the statement of Scripture that he must rise from the dead. 10So the disciples went home again.

11But Mary stood just outside the tomb, weeping. And as she wept she looked down into the tomb, 12and saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been, one at his head and one at his feet. 13And they said to her,

“Why are you weeping?”

She said to them,

“They have taken my Master away, and I do not know where they have put him.”

14As she said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was he. 15Jesus said to her,

“Why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?”

She, supposing that he was the gardener, said to him,

“If it was you, sir, that carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.”

16“Mary!” said Jesus.

She turned and said to him in Hebrew,

“Rabbouni!” which means Master.

17Jesus said to her,

“You must not cling to me, for I have not yet gone up to my Father, but go to my brothers and say to them that I am going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

18Mary of Magdala went and declared to the disciples,

“I have seen the Master!” and she told them that he had said this to her.

19When it was evening on that first day after the Sabbath, and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came in and stood among them and said to them,

“Peace be with you!”

20Then he showed them his hands and his side, and the disciples were full of joy at seeing the Master. 21Jesus said to them again,

“Peace be with you! Just as my Father sent me forth so I now send you.”

22As he said this he breathed upon them, and said,

23“Receive the holy Spirit! If you forgive any men’s sins, they are forgiven them, and if you fix any men’s sins upon them, they will remain fixed.”

24But Thomas, one of the Twelve, who was called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came in. 25So the rest of the disciples said to him,

“We have seen the Master!”

But he said to them,

“Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands, and put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!”

26A week after, the disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them, and said,

“Peace be with you!”

27Then he said to Thomas,

“Put your finger here and look at my hands, and take your hand and put it in my side, and be no longer unbelieving, but believe!”

28Thomas answered him,

“My Master and my God!”

29Jesus said to him,

“Is it because you have seen me that you believe? Blessed be those who believe without having seen me!”

30There were many other signs that Jesus showed before his disciples which are not recorded in this book. 31But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and through believing you may have life as his followers.

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