Bible: John 19:38-20:31
19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders 1 ), 2 asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate 3 gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 4 19:39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus 5 at night, 6 accompanied Joseph, 7 carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes 8 weighing about seventy-five pounds. 9 19:40 Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 10 in strips of linen cloth 11 according to Jewish burial customs. 12 19:41 Now at the place where Jesus 13 was crucified 14 there was a garden, 15 and in the garden 16 was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. 17 19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation 18 and the tomb was nearby, 19 they placed Jesus’ body there.
20:1 Now very early on the first day of the week, 20 while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene 21 came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 22 20:2 So she went running 23 to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. 24 20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 25 and reached the tomb first. 26 20:5 He bent down 27 and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, 28 but he did not go in. 20:6 Then Simon Peter, who had been following him, arrived and went right into the tomb. He saw 29 the strips of linen cloth lying there, 20:7 and the face cloth, 30 which had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the strips of linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself. 31 20:8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, came in, and he saw and believed. 32 20:9 (For they did not yet understand 33 the scripture that Jesus 34 must rise from the dead.) 35
Jesus’ Appearance to Mary Magdalene
20:10 So the disciples went back to their homes. 20:11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb. 20:12 And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 20:13 They said 36 to her, “Woman, 37 why are you weeping?” Mary replied, 38 “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!” 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, 39 but she did not know that it was Jesus.
20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Because she 40 thought he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him.” 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She 41 turned and said to him in Aramaic, 42 “Rabboni” 43 (which means Teacher). 44 20:17 Jesus replied, 45 “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and informed the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them 46 what 47 Jesus 48 had said to her. 49
Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples
20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together 50 and locked the doors 51 of the place 52 because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 53 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 54 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” 20:22 And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, 55 “Receive the Holy Spirit. 56 20:23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; 57 if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 58
The Response of Thomas
20:24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), 59 one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 60 “Unless I see the wounds 61 from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” 62
20:26 Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, 63 and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 64 Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put 65 your finger here, and examine 66 my hands. Extend 67 your hand and put it 68 into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” 69 20:28 Thomas replied to him, 70 “My Lord and my God!” 71 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people 72 who have not seen and yet have believed.” 73
20:30 Now Jesus performed 74 many other miraculous signs in the presence of the 75 disciples, which are not recorded 76 in this book. 77 20:31 But these 78 are recorded 79 so that you may believe 80 that Jesus is the Christ, 81 the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 82