the account in all four versions and answer the questions that follow.
|28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
||16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother
of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus'
2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise,
they were on their way to the tomb
3 and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from
the entrance of the tomb?"
|24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord
|20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed
from the entrance.
| 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord
came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and
sat on it.
3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white
4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became
like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know
that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see
the place where he lay.
7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from
the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.'
Now I have told you."
|4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was
very large, had been rolled away.
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a
white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the
Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place
where they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of
you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'"
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from
the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
|4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes
that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the
ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while
he was still with you in Galilee:
7 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful
men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"
8 Then they remembered his words.
|8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled
with joy, and ran to tell his disciples..
||10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were
mourning and weeping.
11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen
him, they did not believe it.
|9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things
to the Eleven and to all the others.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and
the others with them who told this to the apostles.
11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed
to them like nonsense.
|2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple,
the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we don't know where they have put him!"
||12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over,
he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering
to himself what had happened
||3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.
4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and
reached the tomb first.
5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there
but did not go in.
6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into
the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,
7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head.
The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.
8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first,
also went inside. He saw and believed.
9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had
to rise from the dead.)
10 Then the disciples went back to their homes,
||9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared
first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
||11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent
over to look into the tomb
12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had
been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken
my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him."
|9 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to
him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my
brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
||14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but
she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking
for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried
him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried
out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned
to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning
to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have
seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
|11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went
into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.
12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised
a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
13 telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during
the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and
keep you out of trouble."
15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
||12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them
while they were walking in the country.
13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not
believe them either.
|13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called
Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 They were talking with each other about everything that had
15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other,
Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk
along?" They stood still, their faces downcast.
18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor
to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these
19 "What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied.
"He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced
to death, and they crucified him;
21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem
Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the
tomb early this morning
23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they
had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it
just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart
to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained
to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus
acted as if he were going farther.
29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly
evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks,
broke it and began to give it to them.
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he
disappeared from their sight.
32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within
us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they
found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared
35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus
was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
|16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain
where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven
and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
|14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he
rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe
those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good
news to all creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever
does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name
they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink
deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands
on sick people, and they will get well."
|36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood
among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts
rise in your minds?
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and
see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and
amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still
with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the
Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day,
47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in
his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay
in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted
up his hands and blessed them.
51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up
52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great
53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
|19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples
were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and
stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The
disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent
me, I am sending you."
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy
23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you
do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with
the disciples when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put
my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not
||26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas
was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among
them and said, "Peace be with you!"
27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed;
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Who went to the
When was their visit?
Who did they see?
What was the instruction
to the women?
How did the disciples
react to the women's news?
What did Peter do
when he heard?
Who did Jesus appear
What did the chief
priests do about the guards' news?
When the women see
the angels, the three accounts seem to differ, but think about the snapshot
concept. Do they differ? How are they alike?
The women were told
to tell the disciples and Peter. Why was he mentioned specifically?
When did each person
believe the resurrection had occured?
Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are those
who have not seen and yet have believed." What about you? You
have seen the evidence in the texts of the gospel. Do you believe?
The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn
the world, but to save the world through him." Jesus came for the
world, but that means he came for YOU. He lived, he was crucified
and he rose from the dead. Belief in him provides forgiveness for
sin and eternal life. All you need to do is believe.
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