The Resurrection of Jesus
John 20:1-10 (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12)
Easter Sunday, Passion Week
(1) Very early Sunday morning—the first day of the week—Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb when it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance of the tomb. (2) So Mary ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple—the one Jesus loved (probably the apostle John)—and said to them, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have moved him!”
(3) So Peter and the other disciple ran toward the tomb. (4) Although both were running, the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. (5) He bent down and looked inside at the strips of linen lying there but he did not go into the tomb. (6) Then Simon Peter arrived and went immediately inside the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, (7) and the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was lying in its place, separate from the linen. (8) Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside the tomb. He saw and believed. (9) But they still did not understand from God’s word that Jesus had to rise from the dead. (10) Then the two disciples (Peter and John) went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
John 20:11-18 (Mark 16:9-11)
(11) Now Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb crying. As she cried, she bent over to look inside the tomb (12) and saw two angels dressed in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been laid. One was sitting where Jesus’ head had rested, and the other was sitting where Jesus’ feet had been. (13) They asked Mary, “Woman, why are you crying?” She said, “They have taken my Lord’s body, and I do not know where they have taken him.”
(14) Then Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. (15) Jesus asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have taken my Lord’s body away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” (16) Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned to him and shouted out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). (17) Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my disciples and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
(18) Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the good news and said, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them everything that Jesus had said to her.
The Great Commission of Jesus
John 20:19-23 (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:36-49; Acts 1:6-8)
(19) It was Sunday evening—the first day of the week—and the disciples were gathered together in a locked room of a private house in Jerusalem because they feared the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (20) Then he showed them the marks on his hands and side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord.
(21) Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me into this world, I am sending you.” (22) And then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit! (23) If you forgive a person’s sins, their sins are forgiven, but if you refuse to forgive a person’s sins, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to the Apostle Thomas
(24) Now Thomas (also called Didymus, the Twin), one of the Twelve Apostles, was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. (25) So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see and touch the nail marks in his hands, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
(26) Eight days later (after Jesus’ resurrection), his disciples were gathered in the locked room again, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
(27) Then he said to Thomas, “Touch the nail marks on my hands and put your hand into my side. Now stop doubting and believe.” (28) Thomas shouted, “My Lord and my God!” (29) Then Jesus said to him, “You believe in me because you have seen me, but blessed are those who have not seen me and still believe.”
The Miraculous Signs of Jesus
(30) Jesus did many other miraculous signs (miracles) in the presence of his disciples that are not written about in this book. (31) But these are written that you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ), the Son of God, and that by believing you will have eternal life in his name.