Luke 24: 1-12, 36-43, 50-51

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared.  They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in.  But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of Jesus.

They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this.  Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there.  The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship.  The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery?  He is not here, but raised up.  Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?”  Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest.  Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, they thought they were making it all up.

But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb.  He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all.  He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.

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While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.”  They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death.  He continued with them, “Don’t be upset and don’t let all these doubting questions take over.  Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me.  Touch me.  Look me over from head to toe.  A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.”  As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet.  They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing.  It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.

He asked, “Do you have any food here?”  They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked.  He took it and ate it right before their eyes.

He then led them out of the city over to Bethany.  Raising his hands, he blessed them , and while blessing them, took his leave, being carried up to heaven.

 

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