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Jesus is Raised from the Dead(A)

24 But at early dawn on the first day of the week,[a] they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.[b] While they were puzzling over this, two men in dazzling robes suddenly stood beside them. While the women remained terrified, bowing their faces to the ground, the men[c] asked them, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is living? He is not here, but has been raised.[d] Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day.’

Then the women[e] remembered Jesus’[f] words. They returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven disciples[g] and all the others. 10 The women who told the apostles about it were Mary Magdalene,[h] Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some[i] others. 11 But what they said seemed nonsense to them, so they did not believe them. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. He stooped down and saw only the linen cloths. Then he went home, wondering about what had happened.[j]

Jesus Meets Two Disciples(B)

13 On the same day, two of Jesus’ followers[k] were walking to a village called Emmaus, about 60 stadia[l] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about all these things that had taken place. 15 While they were discussing and analyzing what had happened,[m] Jesus himself approached and began to walk with them, 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing with each other as you’re walking along?” They stood still and looked gloomy.

18 The one whose name was Cleopas answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know what happened there in the past few days?”

19 He asked them, “What things?”

They answered him, “The events involving Jesus of Nazareth,[n] who was a prophet, mighty in what he said and did before God and all the people, 20 and how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and had him crucified. 21 But we kept hoping that he would be the one to redeem[o] Israel. What is more, this is now the third day since these things occurred. 22 Even some of our women have startled us by what they told us.[p] They were at the tomb early this morning 23 and didn’t find his body there, so they came back and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who were saying that he was alive. 24 Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. However, they didn’t see him.”

25 Then Jesus[q] told them, “O, how foolish you are! How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 26 The Messiah[r] had to suffer these things and then enter his glory, didn’t he?” 27 Then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them all the passages of Scripture about himself.

28 As they came near the village where the two men[s] were headed, Jesus[t] acted as though he were going farther. 29 But they strongly urged him, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the daylight is nearly gone.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 While he was at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it in pieces, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they knew who he was. And he vanished from them.

32 Then they asked each other, “Our hearts kept burning within us[u] as he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us, didn’t they?”

33 They got up right away, went back to Jerusalem, and found the eleven disciples[v] and their companions all together. 34 They kept saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two men[w] began to tell what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him when he broke the bread in pieces.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples(C)

36 While they were all talking about this, Jesus[x] himself stood among them and told them, “Peace be with you.”[y]

37 They were startled and terrified, thinking they were seeing a ghost. 38 But Jesus[z] told them, “What’s frightening you? And why are you doubting? 39 Look at my hands and my feet, because it’s really me. Touch me and look at me, because a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.[aa] 41 Even though they were still skeptical due to their joy and astonishment, Jesus[ab] asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 Then he told them, “These are the words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.”

45 Then he opened their minds so that they might understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is how it is written: the Messiah[ac] was to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and then repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am sending to you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus is Taken up to Heaven(D)

50 Later, he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.[ad] 52 They worshipped him and[ae] returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. 53 They were continually in the Temple, blessing[af] God.[ag]


  1. Luke 24:1 Lit. first of the Sabbaths
  2. Luke 24:3 Other mss. lack of the Lord Jesus
  3. Luke 24:5 Lit. they
  4. Luke 24:6 Other mss. lack He is not here, but has been raised
  5. Luke 24:8 Lit. Then they
  6. Luke 24:8 Lit. his
  7. Luke 24:9 The Gk. lacks disciples
  8. Luke 24:10 Or Mary of Magdala
  9. Luke 24:10 Lit. the
  10. Luke 24:12 Other mss. lack verse 12.
  11. Luke 24:13 Lit. of them
  12. Luke 24:13 I.e. about 7.2 miles; one Roman stadion was about 640 feet
  13. Luke 24:15 The Gk. lacks what had happened
  14. Luke 24:19 Other mss. read the Nazorean
  15. Luke 24:21 Or to free
  16. Luke 24:22 The Gk. lacks by what they told us
  17. Luke 24:25 Lit. he
  18. Luke 24:26 Or Christ
  19. Luke 24:28 Lit. where they
  20. Luke 24:28 Lit. he
  21. Luke 24:32 Other mss. lack within us
  22. Luke 24:33 The Gk. lacks disciples
  23. Luke 24:35 Lit. Then they
  24. Luke 24:36 Lit. he
  25. Luke 24:36 Other mss. lack and told them, “Peace be with you.”
  26. Luke 24:38 Lit. he
  27. Luke 24:40 Other mss. lack verse 40
  28. Luke 24:41 Lit. he
  29. Luke 24:46 Or Christ
  30. Luke 24:51 Other mss. lack and was taken up to heaven
  31. Luke 24:52 Other mss. lack worshipped him and
  32. Luke 24:53 Other mss. read praising; still other mss. read praising and blessing
  33. Luke 24:53 Other mss. read God. Amen.