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THE BURIAL (Wednesday)
(Matt. 27:57-61; Mk. 15:42-47; Lk. 23:50-55; John 19:38-42)

And behold, when it was already evening, because it was the Jewish day of preparation, that is, the day before the {festival} Sabbath, there came a rich man named Joseph, from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was a prominent member of the Council (he had not consented to their plan and action), a good and righteous man, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus (but a secret one, for fear of the Jews), and was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Pilate ordered {it} to be given over {to him.}. (Matt. 27:57-58; Mk. 15:42-45; Lk. 23:50-52; John 19:38, 42)

And Joseph took it down, and Nicodemus came also, who had first come to Him by night; bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds {weight}. and they wrapped it in a linen cloth with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden Joseph's own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock, in which no one had yet been laid. And because the tomb was nearby they laid Him in the tomb cut into the rock. And he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matt. 27:59-61; Mark 15:46-47; Luke 23:53-55; John 19:39-42)

And it was the preparation day, and the {festival} Sabbath was about to begin. And the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed after.

And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, the {mother} of Joses, sitting opposite the grave, and they saw the tomb and how His body was laid (Mat. 27:61; Mk. 15:47; Lk. 23:54-55), and they returned (Lk. 23:56).

THE GUARD AT THE TOMB (Thursday, the festival sabbath)
(Matt. 27:62-66)

Now on the next day, which is {the one} after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I {am to} rise again.' "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, lest the disciples come and steal Him away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "Take a guard; go, make it {as} secure as you know how." And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.


And when the {preparation day} Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the {mother} of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him (Mark 16:1). And they prepared spices and perfumes.


And on the {saturday} Sabbath they rested according to the commandment (Luke 23:56).


Now after the Sabbath(s), early, as it began to dawn toward the first {day} of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, and Salome, and the other women with them (Lk. 24:10), came to look at the grave, bringing the spices which they had prepared (Matt. 28:1; Lk. 24:1).


And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord had descended from heaven and had come and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and had became like dead men (Mat. 28:2-4).


And Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone {already} taken away from the tomb. And so she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they were going to the tomb (John 20:1-3).


And very early on the first day of the week, they {the other women} came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. And entering the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. But they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed or afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, {here is} the place where they laid Him.

And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as {the women} were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, {the men} said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,

saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. But go quickly and tell His disciples and Peter that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He said to you. Behold I have told you."

And they remembered His words, and they went out and fled quickly from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone. But they returned from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples (Mark 16:2-8; Luke 24:2-8; Mat. 28:5-8).

And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they shall see Me" (Matt. 28:9-10).

And the women returned and reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest (Luke 24:9).


Now while they were on their way, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. And when they had assembled with the elders and counseled together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.' And if this should come to the governor's ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble." And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, {and is} to this day (Matt. 28:11-15).

PETER AND JOHN (John 20:3-10)
After Mary's initial report.

Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they were going to the tomb. And the two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter, and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying {there;} but he did not go in. Simon Peter therefore also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he beheld the linen wrappings lying {there,} and the face-cloth, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb entered then also, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.

So the disciples went away again to their own homes {in Jerusalem}.

MARY STAYS BEHIND (John 20:11-18)

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." When she had said this, she turned around, and beheld Jesus standing {there,} and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren, and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"

Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and {that} He had said these things to her.

DISBELIEF (Luke 24:10-11)

Now Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the {mother} of James; and the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. And these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

ROAD TO EMMAUS, Sunday afternoon (Luke 24:13-35)

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were conversing with each other about all these things which had taken place.

And it came about that while they were conversing and discussing, Jesus Himself approached, and {began} traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?" And they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, "Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to Him, "The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. And some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?" And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He would go farther.

And they urged Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is {getting} toward evening, and the day is now nearly over." And He went in to stay with them. And it came about that when He had reclined {at the table} with them, He took the bread and blessed {it,} and breaking {it,} He {began} giving {it} to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" And they arose that very hour and returned to Jerusalem.

SUNDAY EVENING (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25)

When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first {day} of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, {the two disciples} found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, and said, "The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon." And they {began} to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

And while they were telling these things, Jesus came and stood in their midst, but they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And said to them, "Peace {be} with you. Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side.
The disciples therefore rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

And while they still could not believe {it} for joy and were marveling, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate {it} before them.

Jesus therefore said to them again, "Peace {be} with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, {their sins} have been forgiven them; if you retain the {sins} of any, they have been retained." But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

EIGHT DAYS LATER (John 20:26-29)

And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, "Peace {be} with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing." Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed {are} they who did not see, and {yet} believed."

EDITORIAL (John 20:30-31)

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

JOURNEY TO GALILEE (Matthew 28:16)

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee.

SEA OF TIBERIAS (John 21:1-23)

After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested {Himself} in this way.

There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the {sons} of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will also come with you." They went out, and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" They answered Him, "No." And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find {a catch}." They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." And so when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped {for work}), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net {full} of fish. And so when they got out upon the land, they saw a charcoal fire {already} laid, and fish placed on it, and bread.

Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have now caught."
Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come {and} have breakfast." None of the disciples ventured to question Him, "Who are You?" knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread, and gave them, and the fish likewise.

This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, {son} of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My lambs." He said to him again a second time, "Simon, {son} of John, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, {son} of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep. "Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself, and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to {go."} Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me!" Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following {them;} the one who also had leaned back on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?" Peter therefore seeing him said to Jesus, "Lord, and what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what {is that} to you? You follow Me!"

EDITORIAL (John 21:23-25)

This saying therefore went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but {only,} "If I want him to remain until I come, what {is that} to you?" This is the disciple who bears witness of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his witness is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written.

EDITORIAL (Acts 1:1-3)

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over {a period of} forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

FINAL MEETING (Mat. 28:16-20; Luke 24:44-50; Acts 1:4-8)

And the eleven disciples proceeded toward the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped {Him}; but some were doubtful (Mat. 28:16-17).

And He led them out as far as Bethany (Luke 24:50a),

And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," {He said,} "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:4-5).

And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying,
"Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6). Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things (Lk. 24:44-48).

(However) it is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:7-8).

"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Mat. 28:18-20).

THE ASCENSION (Luke 24:51)

And after He had said these things (Acts 1:9), He lifted up His hands and blessed them, and it came about that while He was blessing them, He parted from them. (Luke 24:50-51); He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight (Acts 1:9).

And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:10-11).

WAITING FOR THE PROMISE (Luke 24:52-53; Acts 1:12-14)

And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James {the son} of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas {the} {son} of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with {the} women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brother, and were continually in the temple, praising God.

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