John 20 – The Resurrection
At the Tomb
- Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
- So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
- So Peter set out with the other disciple, heading for the tomb.
- The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first.
- And bending down to look in, he saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in.
- Then Simon Peter, who had been following him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen cloth lying there,
- and the face cloth, which had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloth but folded up in a place by itself.
- Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
- for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
- Then the disciples went back to their homes.
- But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping, and as she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb.
- And she saw two angels in white, sitting one at the head and one at the feet of where the body of Jesus had lain
- They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She replied,
“They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”
- Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
- Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?”
Thinking him to be the gardener, she said to him,
“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him.”
- Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
- Jesus said to her, “Don’t keep holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
- Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” and that he had said these things to her.
In the Locked Room
- On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
- When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
- So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, so also I send you.”
- And after he said this, he breathed out and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
- If you forgive anyone’s sins, they stand forgiven; if you retain any, they stay retained.”
- Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
- So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he replied, “Unless I see in his hands the scar from the nails, and put my finger into the scar from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it.”
- Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
- Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Stretch your hand and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
- Thomas replied to him, “My Lord and my God!”
- Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
- Now many other miraculous signs were done by Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
- but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Translation by Andrew Fountain