The Gospel according to Matthew

28:1After the Sabbaths, when it was nearing dawn on the First of Sabbaths, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to see the grave.28:2Suddenly there was a tremendous earthquake because the Messenger of the Master came down from heaven, and he rolled away the stone and then sat on it.28:3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.28:4The guards shook with fear and passed out.1

28:5Then the Messenger said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know that you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified.28:6But he isn’t here; he arose, just as he said he would! Come and see the spot where his body was placed,28:7then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead. In fact, he is going on ahead to Galilee, so you will see him there. You have your assignment!”

28:8So off they went from the tomb in a hurry, filled with great joy. They ran to announce this to his disciples,28:9when suddenly there was Jesus! “Greetings!” he said. They went over to him and worshiped while holding on to his feet.28:10Then he said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go and tell my brothers and sisters to leave for Galilee; I will meet them there.”

28:11While they were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the ruling priests every detail of what had happened.28:12So they called a meeting with the elders, and they gave a sum of money to the soldiers28:13and told them, “You are to say that his disciples came during the night and stole the body while you were sleeping.28:14And if word of this reaches the governor, don’t worry; we will keep you out of trouble.”28:15So the soldiers took the payoff and did as they were told. This story was spread around throughout Judea and continues to this day.

28:16Now the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.28:17When they saw him they worshiped him, though some were skeptical.28:18Then Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.28:19So go then, make disciples throughout the nations. Immerse them by the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,28:20and teach them to hold tightly to everything I’ve commanded you. Rest assured I will be with you always, until the very end of the age.”

  1. 1Curious, that the soldiers fainted with fear, but the women did not.