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

24:9Then 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

24:15So 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

24:29Immediately 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

24:32Learn 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 

Be Ready!

24:36But 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.

24:42Therefore 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

24:45Who 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

25:1At 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

25:14For 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.’

The Judgment

25:31When 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.’

25:41Then 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 

Jesus’ Anointing

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.

The Passover

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 

Peter’s Denials

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 

Judas’ Suicide

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 Bloodto 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.

The Crucifixion

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 

Jesus’ Death

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.

Jesus’ Burial

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.

The Resurrection

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 

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