It was the first day of the week. That evening Jesus’ followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the Jews. Then Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!”
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. His followers were very happy when they saw the Lord.
Then Jesus said again, “Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, I now send you.”
After he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven. If you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
The day after the Sabbath day was the first day of the week. At dawn on the first day, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb.
At that time there was a strong earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven. The angel went to the tomb and rolled the stone away from the entrance. Then he sat on the stone.
He was shining as bright as lightning. His clothes were white as snow.
The soldiers guarding the tomb were very frightened of the angel. They shook with fear and then became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, the one who was killed on the cross.
But he is not here. He has risen from death as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was.
And go quickly and tell his followers. Say to them: ‘Jesus has risen from death. He is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there.’” Then the angel said, “Now I have told you.”
The women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers what had happened.
Suddenly, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings.” The women came up to Jesus, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go on to Galilee. They will see me there.”
There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be killed.
Jesus and the two criminals were taken to a place called the Skull. There the soldiers nailed Jesus to his cross. They also nailed the criminals to their crosses, one beside Jesus on the right and the other beside Jesus on the left.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”The soldiers threw lots to decide who would get his clothes.
The people stood there watching. The leaders made fun of Jesus. They said, “If he is God’s Chosen One, the Christ, then let him save himself. He saved other people, didn’t he?”
Even the soldiers made fun of him. They came to Jesus and offered him some vinegar.
They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”
(At the top of the cross these words were written: “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”)
One of the criminals began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Christ? Then save yourself! And save us too!”
But the other criminal stopped him. He said, “You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment as he is.
We are punished justly; we should die. But this man has done nothing wrong!”
Then this criminal said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!”
Then Jesus said to him, “Listen! What I say is true: Today you will be with me in paradise!”