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Chapter 28

1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2And there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went and rolled the stone back and sat upon it. 3His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was as white as snow. 4The men on guard trembled with fear of him, and became like dead men. 5And the angel said to the women,

“You need not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, he has risen, as he said he would do. Come and see the place where he was lying. 7Now go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and is going back to Galilee before you. You will see him there.’ Now I have given you my message.”

8And they hurried away from the tomb frightened and yet overjoyed, and ran to tell the news to his disciples. 9And Jesus himself met them, and said,

“Good morning!”

And they went up to him and clasped his feet, and bowed to the ground before him. 10Jesus said to them,

“You need not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee and they will see me there.”

11While they were on their way, some of the guard went into the city and reported to the high priests all that had happened. 12And they got together and consulted with the elders, and gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13and said to them,

“Tell people that his disciples came in the night and stole him away while you were asleep. 14And if news of it reaches the governor, we will satisfy him, and see that you do not get into trouble.”

15So they took the money and did as they were told. And this story has been current among the Jews ever since.

16And the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17There they saw him and bowed down before him, though some were in doubt about it.

18And Jesus came up to them and said, “Full authority in heaven and on the earth has been given to me.

19Therefore go and make disciples of all the heathen, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Spirit, 20and teach them to observe all the commands that I have given you. I will always be with you, to the very close of the age.”

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