Jesus Has Risen(A)

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene(B) and the other Mary(C) went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake,(D) for an angel(E) of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone(F) and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.(G) The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,(H) for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.(I) Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.(J) There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them.(K) “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers(L) to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Guards’ Report

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards(M) went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away(N) while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor,(O) we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

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After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them(A) over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.(B) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait(C) for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.(D) For John baptized with[a] water,(E) but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”(F)

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore(G) the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.(H) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;(I) and you will be my witnesses(J) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,(K) and to the ends of the earth.”(L)

After he said this, he was taken up(M) before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white(N) stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,”(O) they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back(P) in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 1:5 Or in
  2. Acts 1:5 Or in

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel(A) I preached to you,(B) which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved,(C) if you hold firmly(D) to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received(E) I passed on to you(F) as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins(G) according to the Scriptures,(H) that he was buried,(I) that he was raised(J) on the third day(K) according to the Scriptures,(L) and that he appeared to Cephas,[b](M) and then to the Twelve.(N) After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.(O) Then he appeared to James,(P) then to all the apostles,(Q) and last of all he appeared to me also,(R) as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles(S) and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted(T) the church of God.(U) 10 But by the grace(V) of God I am what I am, and his grace to me(W) was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them(X)—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.(Y) 11 Whether, then, it is I or they,(Z) this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead,(AA) how can some of you say that there is no resurrection(AB) of the dead?(AC) 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised,(AD) our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.(AE) But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.(AF) 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep(AG) in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.(AH)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:3 Or you at the first
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:5 That is, Peter

17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life(A)—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.(B) I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”(C)

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31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.(A)

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10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,(A)
    nor will you let your faithful[a] one(B) see decay.(C)

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  1. Psalm 16:10 Or holy

30 In the past God overlooked(A) such ignorance,(B) but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.(C) 31 For he has set a day when he will judge(D) the world with justice(E) by the man he has appointed.(F) He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”(G)

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45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a];(A) the last Adam,(B) a life-giving spirit.(C) 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.(D) 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth;(E) the second man is of heaven.(F) 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.(G) 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,(H) so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.(I)

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood(J) cannot inherit the kingdom of God,(K) nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.(L) 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:(M) We will not all sleep,(N) but we will all be changed(O) 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,(P) the dead(Q) will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable(R) must clothe itself with the imperishable,(S) and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[c](T)

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[d](U)

56 The sting of death is sin,(V) and the power of sin is the law.(W) 57 But thanks be to God!(X) He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.(Y)

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,(Z) because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.(AA)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Gen. 2:7
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:55 Hosea 13:14

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened(A) in order that you may know the hope to which he has called(B) you, the riches(C) of his glorious inheritance(D) in his holy people,(E) 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power(F) is the same as the mighty strength(G) 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead(H) and seated him at his right hand(I) in the heavenly realms,(J)

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We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death(A) in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead(B) through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.(C)

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Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed(A) about those who sleep in death,(B) so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.(C) 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,(D) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.(E)

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16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.

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23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.(A) 25 Therefore he is able to save(B) completely[a] those who come to God(C) through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.(D)

26 Such a high priest(E) truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,(F) exalted above the heavens.(G) 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices(H) day after day, first for his own sins,(I) and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all(J) when he offered himself.(K) 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness;(L) but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son,(M) who has been made perfect(N) forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!(A) In his great mercy(B) he has given us new birth(C) into a living hope(D) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(E) and into an inheritance(F) that can never perish, spoil or fade.(G) This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,(H) who through faith are shielded by God’s power(I) until the coming of the salvation(J) that is ready to be revealed(K) in the last time.

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