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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
96

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
came upon the tomb
bringing the spices which they had prepared.
As the sun was rising, they said to each other,
"Who will roll the stone away
from the door of the tomb for us?"
Looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back,
for it was extremely big.

Entering they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were confused about this, they saw a youth;
for an angel of the Lord had come down from heaven
and approaching had rolled away the stone.
His appearance was like lightning,
and he was sitting on the right
dressed in a gleaming white robe.
From fear of him those keeping watch were shaken
and had become like the dead.

As the women became frightened
and bowed their faces to the ground,
the angel answered them, "Do not be alarmed;
for I know that you are looking for Jesus
the crucified Nazarene.
But why are you looking for the living with the dead?
He is not here, for he was raised just as he said;
look at the place where they laid him.
But go tell his disciples and Peter
that he was raised from the dead,
and that he is leading you into Galilee;
there you will see him.
Remember how he spoke to you while he was still in Galilee,
saying, 'The human son must be given over
into the hands of sinful people
and be crucified and on the third day rise up.'
Look, I have told you."

They remembered his sayings.
Going out they fled from the tomb,
for they were trembling and bewildered;
and they did not tell anyone anything,
for they were afraid;
but going away quickly with fear and great joy
they ran to report to his disciples.

Returning from the tomb
they reported all these things to the eleven
and to all the rest.
It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna
and Mary, the mother of James,
and the rest of the women with them
who told these things to the apostles.

These sayings seemed to them like nonsense,
and they disbelieved them.

So Mary Magdalene hurried and came to Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved,
and said to them, "They took the Lord out of the tomb,
and we don't know where they put him."

So Peter and the other disciple went out,
and they came to the tomb.
The two hurried together;
the other disciple ran ahead quicker than Peter
and came to the tomb first;
bending over he saw the bandages lying there,
though he did not go in.

Then Simon Peter also came following him,
and he went into the tomb and saw the bandages lying there;
the handkerchief, which had been on his head,
was not with the bandages lying there
but had been folded up separately in one place.

So then the other disciple who had come to the tomb first
also entered the tomb, and he saw and believed;
for they did not yet know the scripture,
that he must rise up from the dead.
So the disciples went away again to their homes.

But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping.
So as she was weeping, she bent over into the tomb;
and she saw two angels in white sitting,
one at the head and one at the feet,
where the body of Jesus had lain.

Those said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"

She said to them, "They took my Lord,
and I don't know where they put him."

Saying these things she turned around,
and she saw Jesus standing,
but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?
Who are you looking for?"

She, thinking that it was the gardener,
said to him, "Lord, if you carried him away,
tell me where you put him, and I will take him."

Jesus said to her, "Hello, Mary."

She turning said to him
in Hebrew, "Rabboni" (which means Teacher),
and approaching she grabbed his feet and worshipped him.

Then Jesus said to her, "Do not be afraid;
do not hold on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go report to my brothers
so that they may go away to Galilee,
and there they will see me;
tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father
and my God and your God."

So he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
from whom he had expelled seven demons.
She went announcing to the disciples
who were mourning and weeping,
"I have seen the Lord,"
and that he had told her these things;
those hearing that he was alive
and was seen by her disbelieved.

Some of the guard coming into the city
reported to high priests everything that had happened.
Assembling with elders and forming a plan
they gave considerable silver to the soldiers,
saying to them, "Say: 'His disciples coming at night
stole him while we were sleeping.'
If this is heard by the governor,
we will persuade him and keep you out of trouble."
Taking the silver they did as they were taught.
This account has been spread by the Jews even to this day.

96. The Angels at the Tomb Harmony 96 * Interpretation 96
97. Conversation on the Way to Emmaus Harmony 97 * Synthesis 97 * Interpretation 97

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