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Part 6 of 6

Table of Contents

228-MARY AT THE TOMB  Matt 28:1-10  Mk 16:1-8  Lk 24:1-12
229-BRIBED TO LIE  Matt 28:11-15
230-ROAD TO EMMAUS  Luke 24:13-35  Mk 16:12,13
231-APPEARING TO THE ELEVEN  Luke 24:36-43
232-PROMISE OF POWER  Luke 24:44-49
233-TEACH ALL PEOPLES  Matt 28:16-20  Mk 16:15-18
234-THE ASCENSION  Luke 24:50-53  Acts 1:6-11

Matthew 28:1-10  Mk 16:1-8  Lk 24:1-12  Now during the Sabbath holiday, they rested according to the directive; but toward the dawn with the passing of the first day of the Sabbath holidays, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the sepulchre, carrying the spices which they prepared.  They said, "Who will roll away for us the stone from the opening of the tomb."  And behold, a great earthquake occurred; for messengers of the Lord, descending from heaven and coming up, rolled away the stone, and one was sitting upon it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And those guarding were shaken for fear of him and they became like dead men.
     So, looking up, they found the stone had been rolled away from the tomb; upon going in, they did not find the body of the Master.  With their being perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them, and they saw a young man sitting on their right in dazzling white clothes.  While they were greatly amazed and bowed their faces to the ground, the messenger said to the women, "Do not be so amazed, do not fear!  I know that you{pl} seek Jesus the Nazarene, the one having been crucified.  Why do you{pl} seek the living among the dead?  Remember how he declared to you{pl} while still in Galilee, saying that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and rise again on the third day.  He is not here, for he was raised, as he said.  Come, see the place where he lay.  Then going quickly, tell his disciples, and especially Peter[1], that he was raised from the dead, and behold, he goes before you{pl} into Galilee.  You{pl} will see him there, even as he told you{pl}.  Be aware, I told you{pl}."
     So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples, but trembling and ecstasy held them and they said nothing to anyone.  So, as they were going to tell the disciples, behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!"  And having come near, they seized his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus says to them, "Do not fear! Go and tell my brothers that they may go into Galilee, and there they will see me."  Having risen early on the first of the week, he appeared first to Mary the Magdalene from whom he had dispelled seven problems.  That one, having gone mourning and weeping, reported to those having been with him.  Upon hearing that he lives and was seen by her, these did not believe.
     And the women remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  They were the Magdalene Mary, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James and the others with them who told the apostles these things.  But their words seemed to them as foolishness, and they did not believe them.

Matthew 28:11-15  And going, behold, some of the guard coming into the city told the chief priests all that occurred.  And they, being assembled with the elders and taking counsel, gave enough silver to the soldiers, saying, "Say this, 'That his disciples coming by night stole him away, we being asleep.'  And if this is heard by the governor, we will persuade him and we will make you{pl} free from worry."  So, taking the silver, they did as they were told.  This story was spread by the Jews to this day.

Luke 24:13-35  Mk 16:12,13[2]  And behold, that same day two of them were going to a village which is named Emmaus, being about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They talked with each other about all these things having happened.  And it was that in their talking and discussing together, Jesus himself, coming near, traveled with them.  But their eyes were held so as to not recognize him.
     And he said to them, "What are these words which you{pl} exchange with each other while walking, and are downcast?"  Answering, one of them named Cleopas said to him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem, and do not know the things happening in it these days?"  And he said to them, "What things?"
     And they said to him, "The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a man, a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how the chief priests and rulers both delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.  But we were hoping that he is the one going to redeem Israel.  But besides all this, the third day comes today since all this happened.  Also some women of our group astounded us, being at the tomb early and not finding his body; they came saying to have seen also a vision of messengers, who say that he lives.  Some of those with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women said; but they saw nothing."
     And he said to them, "O fools, and slow of mind to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Must not the Christ suffer these things and enter into his glory?"  And starting from Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things about himself.
     So they draw near to the village where they were going, and he appeared to be going further.  But they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day has now dwindled."  So he went in to stay with them.  It was in his relaxing with them, taking the bread, he blessed and braking it, gave it to them.  And their eyes were opened and they recognized him.  But he vanished from them.  So they said to each other, "Was not our heart burning within us as he talked to us along the road, as he opened to us the scriptures?"  And rising up in the same hour, they returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven having been gathered together and those who were with them, saying, "The Master was really raised, and appeared to Simon!"  Then they reported the things on the way, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Luke 24:36-43  With them saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and says, "Peace to you{pl}."  But being startled and filled with fear, they supposed they saw a spirit.  And he said to them, "Why are you{pl} troubled?  Why do wonderings rise in your hearts?  See my hands and my feet, that I am myself; touch me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you{pl} see me having."  Having said this, he showed them his hands and feet.  While they were still disbelieving from joy and wonder, he said to them, "Have you{pl} any food here?"  So they handed him a piece of broiled fish and some honeycomb.  Receiving it among them, he ate.

Luke 24:44-49  Then he said to them, "These words I spoke to you{pl} while being with you{pl}, so that everything being written about me in the canon of Moses and the prophets and the psalms should be fulfilled."  Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus must the Christ suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and thus repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be preached in his authority to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You{pl} are witnesses of these things.  So behold, I send forth the promise of my Father to you{pl}; but stay in the city of Jerusalem until you{pl} are clothed with power from on high."

Matthew 28:16-20  Mk 16:15-18"  And so the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to where Jesus directed them.  And seeing him they worshiped him; but some doubted.  So coming up, Jesus talked with them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth was given to me.  Having gone then, make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into the authority of the Father and of the Son and of the God Spirit, teaching them to pay attention to all that I directed you{pl}; and behold, I am with you{pl} all the days until the completion of the age."

Luke 24:50-53  Acts 1:6-11  So he led them out as far as Bethany, and then coming together, they asked him, "Sir, will you at this time restore the kingship to Israel?"  He said to them, "It is not within you{pl} to understand the agenda which the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you{pl} will receive power, the God Spirit coming upon you{pl}: and you{pl} will be my witnesses in both Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria and to the end of the earth." 
     Upon saying these things, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.  And it was that in his blessing them, with them looking on, he withdrew from them, and he was taken up into the sky, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  While they were gazing into the sky, and him going, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you{pl} stand looking at the sky?  This Jesus, the one being taken from you{pl} into the heavens, will thus come in the state[3] you{pl} saw him going into the heaven."
     And having worshipped him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.  Amen.

[1]  Not that Peter was more important, he was probably feeling the worst.

[2]  There is plenty of evidence to conclude that the verses in Mark 16:9-20 were not part of the original manuscript of the compiler of this Gospel, but were added later by various Christian commentators and thus cannot be as valid or reliable as the original material.  This author does not consider the summarized quotes of Jesus and their concepts in this passage to be worthy of inclusion.

[3]  Manner or mode.  This commentator takes this to mean that anytime Jesus returns to the Earth he will come in the same male, human, bodily form, not that he will return floating on a cloud.


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