1 Now on the first day1 of the week, at early dawn, the women2 went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices3 they had prepared. 2 They4 found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb,5 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.6 4 While7 they were perplexed8 about this, suddenly9 two men stood beside them in dazzling10 attire. 5 The11 women12 were terribly frightened13 and bowed14 their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living15 among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised!16 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,17 7 that18 the Son of Man must be delivered19 into the hands of sinful men,20 and be crucified,21 and on the third day rise again.”22 8 Then23 the women remembered his words,24 9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven25 and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene,26 Joanna,27 Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense28 to them, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb.29 He bent down30 and saw only the strips of linen cloth;31 then he went home,32 wondering33 what had happened.34
Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus
13 Now35 that very day two of them36 were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles37 from Jerusalem.38 14 They39 were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 While40 they were talking and debating41 these things,42 Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 16 (but their eyes were kept43 from recognizing44 him).45 17 Then46 he said to them, “What are these matters47 you are discussing so intently48 as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him,49 “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know50 the things that have happened there51 in these days?” 19 He52 said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man53 who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet54 before God and all the people; 20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over55 to be condemned to death, and crucified56 him. 21 But we had hoped57 that he was the one who was going to redeem58 Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us.59 They60 were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels,61 who said he was alive. 24 Then62 some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.”63 25 So64 he said to them, “You65 foolish people66 – how slow of heart67 to believe68 all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t69 it necessary70 for the Christ71 to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then72 beginning with Moses and all the prophets,73 he interpreted to them the things written about74 himself in all the scriptures.
28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther,75 29 but they urged him,76 “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So77 he went in to stay with them.
30 When78 he had taken his place at the table79 with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it,80 and gave it to them. 31 At this point81 their eyes were opened and they recognized82 him.83 Then84 he vanished out of their sight. 32 They85 said to each other, “Didn’t86 our hearts87 burn within us88 while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining89 the scriptures to us?” 33 So90 they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem.91 They92 found the eleven and those with them gathered together 34 and93 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!”94 35 Then they told what had happened on the road,95 and how they recognized him96 when he broke the bread.
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
36 While they were saying these things, Jesus97 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”98 37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking99 they saw a ghost.100 38 Then101 he said to them, “Why are you frightened,102 and why do doubts103 arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me!104 Touch me and see; a ghost105 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.106 41 And while they still could not believe it107 (because of their joy) and were amazed,108 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”109 42 So110 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
44 Then111 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me112 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms113 must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures,114 46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ115 would suffer116 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance117 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed118 in his name to all nations,119 beginning from Jerusalem.120 48 You are witnesses121 of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you122 what my Father promised.123 But stay in the city124 until you have been clothed with power125 from on high.”
50 Then126 Jesus127 led them out as far as Bethany,128 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 Now129 during the blessing130 he departed131 and was taken up into heaven.132 52 So133 they worshiped134 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,135 53 and were continually in the temple courts136 blessing137 God.138