1Very early Sunday morning, the women came to the tomb ˻(grave)˼ where Jesus’ body was laid. They brought the sweet-smelling spices they had prepared. 2˻A heavy stone had been put in the doorway to close the tomb.˼ But the women found that the stone was rolled away. 3They went in, but they did not find the Lord Jesus’ body. 4The women did not understand this. While they were wondering about it, two men ˻(angels)˼ in shining clothes stood beside them. 5The women were very afraid; they bowed their heads down. The two men said to the women, “Why are you looking for a living person here? This is a place for dead people! 6Jesus is not here. He has risen from death! Do you remember what he said in Galilee? 7Jesus said that the Son of Man must be given to evil men, be killed on a cross, and rise from death on the third day.” 8Then the women remembered the things that Jesus said. 9The women left the tomb ˻(grave)˼ and went to the eleven apostles and the other followers. The women told them everything that happened at the tomb. 10These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, the mother of James, and some other women. These women told the apostles everything that happened. 11But the apostles did not believe what the women said. It sounded like crazy talk. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb to see. He looked in, but he saw only the cloth that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in. The cloth was lying there alone. ˻Jesus was gone.˼ Peter went away to be alone, wondering what had happened. 13That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a town named Emmaus. It is about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking about everything that had happened. 15While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself came near and walked with them. 16(But the two men were not allowed to recognize Jesus.) 17Then Jesus said, “What are these things you are talking about while you walk?” The two men stopped. Their faces looked very sad. 18The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem that does not know what has just happened there.” 19Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about?” The men said to him, “It’s about Jesus, the one from Nazareth. To God and to all the people he was a great prophet. He said and did many powerful things. 20But our leaders and the leading priests gave him away to be judged and killed. They nailed Jesus to a cross. 21We were hoping that Jesus would be the one to free Israel ˻(the Jews)˼. But then all this happened. And now something else: It has been three days since ˻Jesus was killed˼, 22but today some of our women told us an amazing thing. Early this morning the women went to the tomb ˻(grave)˼ where the body of Jesus was laid. 23But they did not find his body there. They came and told us that they had seen some angels in a vision. The angels said that Jesus was alive! 24So some of our group went to the tomb, too. It was just like the women said—˻the tomb was empty˼. They saw the tomb, but they did not see him ˻(Jesus)˼.” 25Then Jesus said to the two men, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said. 26The prophets said that the Christ must suffer these things before he enters his glory.” 27Then Jesus began to explain everything that had been written about himself in the Scriptures. Jesus started with the books of Moses and then he talked about what the prophets had said about him. 28They came near the town of Emmaus and Jesus acted like he did not plan to stop there. 29But they wanted him to stay. They begged him, “Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night.” So he went in to stay with them. 30Jesus got ready to eat with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and divided it. Then he gave it to them. 31At that time, the men were allowed to recognize Jesus. But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. 32The two men said to each other, “When Jesus talked to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us. It was exciting when he explained to us the true meaning of the Scriptures.” 33So the two men got up then and went back to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem they found the followers of Jesus meeting together. The eleven apostles and those people that were with them 34said, “The Lord ˻(Jesus)˼ really has risen from death! He showed himself to Simon ˻(Peter)˼.” 35Then the two men told the things that had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread. 36While the two men were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among the group of followers. Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37This surprised the followers. They became afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost. 38But Jesus said, “Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not have a body like this.” 40After Jesus told them this, he showed them ˻the holes in˼ his hands and feet. 41The followers were amazed and very, very happy to see that Jesus was alive. They still could not believe what they saw. Jesus said to them, “Do you have any food here?” 42They gave him a piece of cooked fish. 43While the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it. 44Jesus said to them, “Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms.” 45Then Jesus helped the followers understand these Scriptures written ˻about him˼. 46Jesus said to them, “It is written that the Christ would be killed and rise from death on the third day. 47- 48You saw these things happen—you are witnesses. You must go and tell people that their sins can be forgiven. Tell them that they must change their hearts and be sorry for their sins. If they will do this, then God will forgive them. You must start from Jerusalem and tell people these things in my name. This Good News must be told to all people in the world. 49Listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven.” 50Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. Jesus raised his hands and blessed his followers. 51While Jesus was blessing them, he was separated from them and carried into heaven. 52The followers worshiped him there. Then they went back to Jerusalem. They were very happy. 53They stayed at the temple all the time, praising God.