16.2 Women Visited the Tomb at Sunrise

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16.2 Just after sunrise on Sunday, the women went to the tomb, wondering who would roll away the huge stone door. When they arrived, they saw it had already been rolled aside.

A great earthquake had occurred overnight and an angel of the Lord from heaven, whose appearance was like lightning and whose garment was snow white, came to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards shook with fear, becoming like dead men.

Dec 13 On entering the tomb, the women were startled to see a white-robed man sitting to the right. He said, “Dont fear, you are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified. He isnt here. He has risen! See where he lay. Go tell the disciples and Peter, He has gone ahead to Galilee,1 you will meet him there, just as he said.

While still perplexed and terrified, they looked downwards when two men in shining clothes joined them and said, “Why look for the living among the dead? He isnt here, he has risen. Remember what he said to you in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered to sinners, crucified and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words.

Dec 14 They fled from the tomb in fear saying nothing to anyone on the way. Returning from the tomb, the   women,2 including Mary Magdalene, Joanna wife of Chuza, Mary mother of James, told these things to the other disciples. It seemed to them as fable and they disbelieved.3 Mary Magdalene ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, saying, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we dont know where he is laid.” The other disciple outran Peter to the tomb, looked in and saw the linen clothes, but didnt go in. Then Peter arrived and went inside where he saw the linen clothes, and the cloth which had been around Jesus head folded up by itself and wondered. When the other disciple went inside, he saw and believed.4 They still did not understand the scripture that Jesus was to rise from the dead. So the disciples returned home.