Bible: Matthew 24-28
The Destruction of the Temple
24:1 Now 1 as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. 2 24:2 And he said to them, 3 “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, 4 not one stone will be left on another. 5 All will be torn down!” 6
Signs of the End of the Age
24:3 As 7 he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things 8 happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 24:4 Jesus answered them, 9 “Watch out 10 that no one misleads you. 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ 11 and they will mislead many. 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. 12 24:7 For nation will rise up in arms 13 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines 14 and earthquakes 15 in various places. 24:8 All 16 these things are the beginning of birth pains.
Persecution of Disciples
24:9 “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations 17 because of my name. 18 24:10 Then many will be led into sin, 19 and they will betray one another and hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will appear and deceive 20 many, 24:12 and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. 24:13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved. 21 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, 22 and then the end will come.
The Abomination of Desolation
24:15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation 23 – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 24:16 then those in Judea must flee 24 to the mountains. 24:17 The one on the roof 25 must not come down 26 to take anything out of his house, 24:18 and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 24:19 Woe 27 to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 24:20 Pray 28 that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 24:21 For then there will be great suffering 29 unlike anything that has happened 30 from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 24:22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 31 or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false messiahs 32 and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 24:25 Remember, 33 I have told you ahead of time. 24:26 So then, if someone 34 says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ 35 do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. 24:27 For just like the lightning 36 comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures 37 will gather. 38
The Arrival of the Son of Man
24:29 “Immediately 39 after the suffering 40 of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 41 24:30 Then 42 the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 43 and 44 all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They 45 will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven 46 with power and great glory. 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven 47 to the other.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
24:32 “Learn 48 this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 24:33 So also you, when you see all these things, know 49 that he is near, right at the door. 24:34 I tell you the truth, 50 this generation 51 will not pass away until all these things take place. 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 52
24:36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven 53 – except the Father alone. 24:37 For just like the days of Noah 54 were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:38 For in those days before the flood, people 55 were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 24:39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. 56 It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. 57 24:40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. 58 24:41 There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; 59 one will be taken and one left.
24:42 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 60 your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 61 was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 62
The Faithful and Wise Slave
24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 63 whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 64 their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 65 when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 66 the master 67 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 68 that evil slave should say to himself, 69 ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 24:49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, 24:50 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, 24:51 and will cut him in two, 70 and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 Five 71 of the virgins 72 were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When 73 the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra 74 olive oil 75 with them. 25:4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When 76 the bridegroom was delayed a long time, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ 77 25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The 78 foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 ‘No,’ they replied. 79 ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 25:10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then 80 the door was shut. 25:11 Later, 81 the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 82 25:12 But he replied, 83 ‘I tell you the truth, 84 I do not know you!’ 25:13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 85
The Parable of the Talents
25:14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves 86 and entrusted his property to them. 25:15 To 87 one he gave five talents, 88 to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 25:16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work 89 and gained five more. 25:17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 25:18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 25:19 After 90 a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 91 one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 92 you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 93 ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:22 The 94 one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 25:23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25:25 so 95 I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 25:26 But his master answered, 96 ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 25:27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, 97 and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 98 25:28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 99 25:29 For the one who has will be given more, 100 and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 101 25:30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
25:31 “When 102 the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 25:32 All 103 the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 25:33 He 104 will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 25:34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 25:36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, 105 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 25:38 When 106 did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 25:39 When 107 did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 25:40 And the king will answer them, 108 ‘I tell you the truth, 109 just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters 110 of mine, you did it for me.’
25:41 “Then he will say 111 to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 25:44 Then they too will answer, 112 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 25:45 Then he will answer them, 113 ‘I tell you the truth, 114 just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 25:46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The Plot Against Jesus
26:1 When 115 Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over 116 to be crucified.” 117 26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 26:4 They 118 planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.” 119
26:6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar 120 of expensive perfumed oil, 121 and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. 122 26:8 When 123 the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? 26:9 It 124 could have been sold at a high price and the money 125 given to the poor!” 26:10 When 126 Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She 127 has done a good service for me. 26:11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 128 26:12 When 129 she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13 I tell you the truth, 130 wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
The Plan to Betray Jesus
26:14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 26:15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him into your hands?” 131 So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 26:16 From that time 132 on, Judas 133 began looking for an opportunity to betray him.
26:17 Now on the first day of the feast of 134 Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and said, 135 “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 136 26:18 He 137 said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I will observe the Passover with my disciples at your house.”’” 26:19 So 138 the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them, and they prepared the Passover. 26:20 When 139 it was evening, he took his place at the table 140 with the twelve. 141 26:21 And while they were eating he said, “I tell you the truth, 142 one of you will betray me.” 143 26:22 They 144 became greatly distressed 145 and each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?” 26:23 He 146 answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me 147 will betray me. 26:24 The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.” 26:25 Then 148 Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus 149 replied, “You have said it yourself.”
The Lord’s Supper
26:26 While 150 they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” 26:27 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, 26:28 for this is my blood, the blood 151 of the covenant, 152 that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 I 153 tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit 154 of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 26:30 After 155 singing a hymn, 156 they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Prediction of Peter’s Denial
26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of me, for it is written:
‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 157
26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 158 said to him, “If they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away!” 26:34 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 159 on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.
26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, 160 “My Father, if possible, 161 let this cup 162 pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He 163 said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, 164 “My Father, if this cup 165 cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 166 26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 167 is approaching!”
Betrayal and Arrest
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 168 one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 169 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 170 Arrest him!”) 171 26:49 Immediately 172 he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 173 26:50 Jesus 174 said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 175 of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 176 one of those with Jesus grabbed 177 his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 178 cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 179 For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 180 of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 181 Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 182 you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 183 the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Condemned by the Sanhedrin
26:57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house 184 the experts in the law 185 and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After 186 going in, he sat with the guards 187 to see the outcome. 26:59 The 188 chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally 189 two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 190 said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 26:62 So 191 the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 26:63 But Jesus was silent. The 192 high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 193 the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 194 of the Power 195 and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 196 26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 197 “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 198 you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 199 They 200 answered, “He is guilty and deserves 201 death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! 202 Who hit you?” 203
26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 204 slave girl 205 came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 206 “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 26:71 When 207 he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 208 saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 26:72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 26:73 After 209 a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too – even your accent 210 gives you away!” 26:74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 211 26:75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 212
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
27:1 When 213 it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute him. 27:2 They 214 tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate 215 the governor. 216
27:3 Now when 217 Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus 218 had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders, 27:4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You take care of it yourself!” 27:5 So 219 Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 27:6 The 220 chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 27:7 After 221 consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. 27:8 For this reason that field has been called the “Field of Blood” to this day. 27:9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah 222 the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been set by the people of Israel, 223 27:10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” 224
Jesus and Pilate
27:11 Then 225 Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 226 “Are you the king 227 of the Jews?” Jesus 228 said, “You say so.” 229 27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he did not respond. 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many charges they are bringing against you?” 27:14 But he did not answer even one accusation, so that the governor was quite amazed.
27:15 During the feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, 230 whomever they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had in custody a notorious prisoner named Jesus 231 Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus 232 Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ?” 233 27:18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.) 234 27:19 As 235 he was sitting on the judgment seat, 236 his wife sent a message 237 to him: 238 “Have nothing to do with that innocent man; 239 I have suffered greatly as a result of a dream 240 about him today.” 27:20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 27:21 The 241 governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas!” 27:22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” 242 They all said, “Crucify him!” 243 27:23 He asked, “Why? What wrong has he done?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!”
Jesus is Condemned and Mocked
27:24 When 244 Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves!” 245 27:25 In 246 reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them. But after he had Jesus flogged, 247 he handed him over 248 to be crucified. 249 27:27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence 250 and gathered the whole cohort 251 around him. 27:28 They 252 stripped him and put a scarlet robe 253 around him, 27:29 and after braiding 254 a crown of thorns, 255 they put it on his head. They 256 put a staff 257 in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him: 258 “Hail, king of the Jews!” 259 27:30 They 260 spat on him and took the staff 261 and struck him repeatedly 262 on the head. 27:31 When 263 they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then 264 they led him away to crucify him.
27:32 As 265 they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced 266 to carry his cross. 267 27:33 They 268 came to a place called Golgotha 269 (which means “Place of the Skull”) 270 27:34 and offered Jesus 271 wine mixed with gall to drink. 272 But after tasting it, he would not drink it. 27:35 When 273 they had crucified 274 him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice. 275 27:36 Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. 27:37 Above 276 his head they put the charge against him, 277 which read: 278 “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” 27:38 Then two outlaws were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 27:39 Those 279 who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads 27:40 and saying, “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! 280 If you are God’s Son, come down 281 from the cross!” 27:41 In 282 the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 283 and elders 284 – were mocking him: 285 27:42 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the king of Israel! If he comes down 286 now from the cross, we will believe in him! 27:43 He trusts in God – let God, if he wants to, deliver him now 287 because he said, ‘I am God’s Son’!” 27:44 The 288 robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 289
27:45 Now from noon until three, 290 darkness came over all the land. 291 27:46 At 292 about three o’clock Jesus shouted with a loud voice, 293 “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 294 27:47 When 295 some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 27:48 Immediately 296 one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, 297 put it on a stick, 298 and gave it to him to drink. 27:49 But the rest said, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to save him.” 299 27:50 Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 27:51 Just then 300 the temple curtain 301 was torn in two, from top to bottom. The 302 earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 27:52 And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died 303 were raised. 27:53 (They 304 came out of the tombs after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) 27:54 Now when the centurion 305 and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!” 27:55 Many 306 women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given him support 307 were also there, watching from a distance. 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
27:57 Now 308 when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 309 27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 310 Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 27:59 Joseph 311 took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 312 27:60 and placed it 313 in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. 314 Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance 315 of the tomb and went away. 27:61 (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)
The Guard at the Tomb
27:62 The 316 next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees 317 assembled before Pilate 27:63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 27:64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body 318 and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 27:65 Pilate said to them, “Take 319 a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 27:66 So 320 they went with the soldiers 321 of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.
28:1 Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord 322 descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His 323 appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The 324 guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said 325 to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know 326 that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 327 28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised, 328 just as he said. Come and see the place where he 329 was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He 330 is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” 28:8 So 331 they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9 But 332 Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They 333 came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”
The Guards’ Report
28:11 While 334 they were going, some 335 of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 28:12 After 336 they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 28:13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body 337 while we were asleep.’ 28:14 If 338 this matter is heard before the governor, 339 we will satisfy him 340 and keep you out of trouble.” 341 28:15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day. 342
The Great Commission
28:16 So 343 the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. 28:17 When 344 they saw him, they worshiped him, 345 but some doubted. 346 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, 347 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go 348 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 349 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, 350 I am with you 351 always, to the end of the age.” 352