1Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared. 2They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. 5The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then the women remembered his words, 9and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent down and saw only the strips of linen cloth; then he went home, wondering what had happened.
Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus
13Now that very day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 16(but their eyes were kept from recognizing him). 17Then he said to them, “What are these matters you are discussing so intently as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19He said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet before God and all the people; 20and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then 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.” 25So he said to them, “You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things written about himself in all the scriptures.
28So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 29but they urged him, “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So he went in to stay with them.
30When he had taken his place at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31At this point their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he vanished out of their sight. 32They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?” 33So they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and those with them gathered together 34and saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how they recognized him when he broke the bread.
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
36While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37But they were startled and terrified, thinking they saw a ghost. 38Then he said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41And while they still could not believe it (because of their joy) and were amazed, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42So they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51Now during the blessing he departed and was taken up into heaven. 52So they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple courts blessing God.