Harmony of the Burial, Resurrection, Appearances, and Ascension

Matthew 27:55 - 28:20
Mark 15:40 - 16:19
Luke 23:49 - 24:53
John 19:38 - 21:15
Acts 1:2-12
1 Cor 15:5-7

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  1. The women who watched the crucifixion
    49His acquaintances stood 55 40 49at a distance watching 49these things. There were 55many 55 40 49women 55 41 49from Galilee who had followed him 55 41and served him, 41and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 56 40Among them were Mary Magdalene, 56 40Mary the mother of James 40the less 56 40and Joses, 56the mother of the sons of Zebedee, 40and Salome.

  2. The burial
    Now 57 43 50 38Joseph 57 43 51 38from Arimathaea 51(a city of the Jews) , was 57a rich man who was 51good and righteous and 43 51was looking for the Kingdom of God. He was a 43prominent 43 51member of the council, but 51had not consented to their counsel and deed. He was 57 38a disciple of Jesus, 38but secretly for fear of the Jews.

    38After these things, 57 42when evening had come, 57 43 50 38Joseph 57 43came and 42boldly 58 43 52 38went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body. 58 44Pilate 44marveled that he was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. 45When he found out from the centurion that it was so, 45 38Pilate granted 38him permission and 58commanded 58 45the body 58to be given up 45to Joseph. 59 46 53 38He 38came and 59 46 53 38took the body 46 53down and carried it 38away. 39Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds. 40So they took Jesus' body, 59 46 53 40and bound it in 59clean 59 46 53 40linen cloth 40with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. 41In the garden was 60Joseph's own 60 41new 60 46 53 41tomb, 60 46 53which he had cut out in the rock, 53 41in which no man had ever yet been laid. 42 54 42Because it was the 42Jews' 42 54 42Preparation Day, 42that is, the day before the Sabbath, 54and the Sabbath was drawing near, 60 46 53 42they laid Jesus there, 42for the tomb was near at hand. They 60 42rolled a 60great 60 42stone against the door of the tomb, 60and departed.

  3. The women who participated in the burial
    55The women who had come with him out of Galilee followed after, 47 55and saw 55the tomb, and 47 55how his body was laid. 61 47Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary 47(the mother of Joses), 61sitting opposite the tomb. 56They returned and prepared spices and ointments. 62Now 62 56on 62the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, 56the Sabbath, they rested according to the commandment.

  4. The tomb guarded

    62The chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, 63saying, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise again.' 64Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, 'He is risen from the dead;' and the last deception will be worse than the first."

    65Pilate said to them, "You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can."

    66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.

  5. The resurrection
    1 1Now after the Sabbath, 9early on the first day of the week, 9he rose.

    2Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.

  6. The women encounter angels at the empty tomb
    1 2 1 1At early dawn, 1 2 1 1on the first day of the week, 1 1 10 1Mary Magdalene 1and the other 1 1 10Mary 1 1(the mother of James), 10Joanna, 1and Salome 1 1went to the tomb 1while it was still dark, 1 1bringing the spices 1which they had prepared 1that they might come and anoint him. 2They came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" 4for it was very big. 4Looking up 4 2 1they saw that the stone was rolled back 2 1from the tomb. 5 3They entered in, 3and didn't find the Lord Jesus' body. 4It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, 5they saw 4two 5young 5 4men 4standing by them 5 4in 4dazzling 5white 5 4clothing. 5The women were amazed. 5Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth.

    One of the angels 5sat on the right side. 5The angel, 5 6 5said to them " 5 6Don't be 5afraid or 6amazed. 5I know that 5 6you seek Jesus, 6the Nazarene, 5 6who has been crucified. 5Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 6 6He is not here, for he has risen, 6just like he said. 6Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, 7saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again? "

    8They remembered his words.

    The angel continued " 6Come, 6 6see the place where they laid him! 7But 7 7Go 7quickly, and 7 7tell his disciples 7and Peter ' 7He has risen from the dead, and behold, 7 7he goes before you into Galilee. 7 7There you will see him, 7as he said to you. ' 7Behold, I have told you. "

  7. The women hesitate to tell
    8 8 9They 8 8departed 8quickly, 9returning 8 8 9from the tomb 8with fear and great joy, and ran to bring word to his disciples, 9to the eleven and to all the rest. But 8trembling and astonishment came on them, and they could 8say nothing to any of them, for they were afraid.

    Finally 1Mary Magdalene 2came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and 9 2told them 2"They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have laid him!"

  8. Two disciples find the tomb empty
    12 3Peter 3and the other disciple whom Jesus loved went out 12 3toward the tomb. 4They both 12 4ran 4together. 4The other disciple outran Peter, and came to the tomb first. 12 5Stooping and looking in, 5he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he didn't enter in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered into the tomb. 12 6He saw the linen cloth 6lying 7and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up 12 7in a place by itself. 8So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also entered in, and he saw and believed. 9For as yet they didn't know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10So 12 10the disciples went away again to their own homes, 12marveling at what had happened.

  9. The women complete their first report

    Meanwhile, 10Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women with them managed to 10tell everything to the other 10apostles. 11Their words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't believe them.

  10. Jesus appears to the women

    The women returned to the tomb.

    9Jesus appeared first to 9 11Mary 9Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons, there. She 11was standing outside at the tomb weeping.

    11So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb, 12and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13They asked her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"

    13She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have laid him."

    14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?"

    15She said, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have laid him."

    13Supposing 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."

    16Jesus said to her, "Mary."

    16She turned and said to him, "Rabboni."

    Then 9Jesus met all the women, saying, "Greetings!" They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

    10 17Jesus said 10to them " 17Don't hold me, for I haven't yet ascended to my Father. 10Don't be afraid. 10 17Go to my brothers and tell them that 17I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. 10They should go into Galilee, and there they will see me. "

  11. The guards' false story

    11Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, 13saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14If this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry." 15So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.

  12. Mary's report of seeing the Lord
    10 18Mary Magdalene came to those 18disciples 10who had been with him as they mourned and wept, 10 18and told them that she had seen the Lord, 18and the things that he had said to her. 10When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

  13. Appearance to Peter

    5He appeared to Cephas.

  14. Jesus revealed to two travellers
    12After these things he was revealed in another form to 12 13two of them 12as they walked, on their way into the country. They 13were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia from Jerusalem.

    14They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. 15It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?"

    18One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things which have happened there in these days?"

    19He said to them, "What things?"

    19They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; 23and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn't see him."

    25He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?"

    27Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

    28They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further. 29They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over."

    29He went in to stay with them. 30It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. 30Breaking it, he gave to them. 31Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight.

    32They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"

    33They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them. Some were 34saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"

    13 35They related the things that happened 35along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread. But some 13didn't believe them, either.

  15. First appearance to the disciples
    19When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, 36as they discussed these things, 14he was revealed to the eleven as they sat at the table. 19The doors were locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews. 36 19Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you." 37But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

    38He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." 40 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and 40his feet 20and his side.

    20The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord.

    41While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43He took them, and ate in front of them.

    44He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled."

    14He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn't believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

    Then 21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be to you."

  16. Second appearance to the disciples, with Thomas

    24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, wasn't with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord!"

    25But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

    26After eight days again his disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace be to you." 27Then he said to Thomas, "Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don't be unbelieving, but believing."

    28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"

    29Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed."

  17. Third appearance to the disciples, by the sea in Galilee

    16The eleven disciples went into Galilee.

    1After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. 2Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, "I'm going fishing."

    3They told him, "We are also coming with you." They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. 4But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples didn't know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, have you anything to eat?"

    5They answered him, "No."

    6He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some."

    6They cast it therefore, and now they weren't able to draw it in for the multitude of fish. 7That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!"

    7So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around him (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away), dragging the net full of fish. 9So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught."

    11Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fish, one hundred fifty-three; and even though there were so many, the net wasn't torn.

    12Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast."

    12None of the disciples dared inquire of him, "Who are you?" knowing that it was the Lord.

    13Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14This is now the third time that Jesus was revealed to his disciples, after he had risen from the dead. 15So they ate their breakfast.

  18. Appearance on a mountain in Galilee

    The brethren assembled in 16Galilee, at the mountain where Jesus had sent them. 6Over five hundred brothers saw him there. 17When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted.

    18Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

  19. Appearance to James

    7He appeared to James.

  20. Ministry to the apostles

    3He showed himself alive 2to the apostles whom he had chosen 3by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God's Kingdom.

    45He opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.

    46He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you."

    21Jesus also 21said "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." 22When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, " You will 22receive the Holy Spirit! 23Whoever's sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever's sins you retain, they have been retained."

    4Being assembled together with them, he commanded them, 4"Don't depart, 49 4but wait in the city of Jerusalem 4for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 49You will be clothed with power from on high. 5For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

    6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?"

    7He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. 8You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."

    15He also 15said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

  21. The ascension
    19 9When he had said these things 50he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51It happened, while he blessed them, that he withdrew from them. 9As they were looking, 19 51 9he was taken up 19 51into heaven, 9and a cloud received him out of their sight, 19and he sat down at the right hand of God.

    10While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, 11who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? 11This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky."

    51They worshiped him. 52 12Then they returned to Jerusalem 51with great joy 11from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.