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Some Followers Find Jesus' Tomb Empty (Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk. 24:1-12)

20 1Early on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene went to the tomb* [where Jesus' body was]. It was still dark. Mary saw that the large stone [that covered the entrance] was moved away. 2So Mary ran to Simon Peter and the other follower (the one Jesus loved). Mary said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb. We don't know where they put him." 3So Peter and the other follower started going to the tomb.* 4They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter. So the other follower reached the tomb first. 5The follower bent down and looked in. He saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came from behind him. Peter went into the tomb. He saw the pieces of linen lying there. 7He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up and laid in a different place from the pieces of linen. 8Then the other follower went in. This was the follower that had reached the tomb first. He saw what had happened and believed. 9(These followers did not yet understand from the Scriptures* that Jesus must rise from death.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (Mk. 16:9-11)

10Then the followers went back home. 11But Mary stood outside the tomb,* crying. While she was crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb. 12Mary saw two angels dressed in white. They were sitting where Jesus' body had been. One angel was sitting where Jesus' head had been, and the other angel was sitting where Jesus' feet had been. 13The angels asked Mary, "Woman, why are you crying?" Mary answered, "Some people have taken away [the body of] my Lord. I don't know where they put him." 14When Mary said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?" Mary thought that this was the man that takes care of the garden. So Mary said to him, "Did you take Jesus away, sir? Tell me where you put him. I will go and get him." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary." Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Jewish language,*"Rabboni." (This means "Teacher.") 17Jesus said to her, "Don't hold me. I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers (followers) and tell them this: 'I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.'" 18Mary Magdalene went to the followers and told them, "I saw the Lord!" And she told them the things Jesus said to her.

tomb A grave dug in a wall of rock. Scriptures Holy Writings--the Old Testament. Jewish language Aramaic, a language like Hebrew that was spoken by the Jews in the first century.

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