Christmas Whitsuntide

54 Now it was the day of making ready and the Sabbath was coming on.

55 And the women who had come with him from Galilee went after him and saw the place and how his body had been put to rest;

56 And they went back and got ready spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they took their rest, in agreement with the law.

1 But on the first day of the week, at dawn, they came to the place where his body had been put, taking the spices which they had got ready.

2 And they saw that the stone had been rolled away.

3 And they went in, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.

4 And while they were in doubt about it, they saw two men in shining clothing by them:

5 And while their faces were bent down to the earth in fear, these said to them, Why are you looking for the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, he has come back to life: have in mind what he said to you when he was still in Galilee, saying,

7 The Son of man will be given up into the hands of evil-doers, and be put to death on the cross, and on the third day he will come back to life.

8 And his words came back into their minds,

9 And they went away from that place and gave an account of all these things to the eleven disciples and all the others.

10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James: and the other women with them said these things to the Apostles.

11 But these words seemed foolish to them, and they had no belief in them.

12 But Peter got up and went to the place where the body had been put, and looking in he saw nothing but the linen cloths, and he went to his house full of wonder at what had taken place.

13 And then, two of them, on that very day, were going to a little town named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.

14 And they were talking together about all those things which had taken place.

15 And while they were talking and questioning together, Jesus himself came near and went with them.

16 But their eyes were not open that they might have knowledge of him.

17 And he said to them, What are you talking about together while you go?

18 Then stopping, and looking sadly at him, one of them, named Cleopas, said to him, Are you the only man living in Jerusalem who has not had news of the things which have taken place there at this time?

19 And he said to them, What things? And they said, The things to do with Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, great in his acts and his words, before God and all the people:

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers gave him up to be put to death on the cross.

21 But we were hoping that he would be the Saviour of Israel. In addition to all this he has now let three days go by from the time when these things took place;

22 And certain women among us gave us cause for wonder, for they went early to the place where his body had been put,

23 And it was not there; then they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that he was living.

24 And some of those who were with us went to the place, and saw that it was as the women had said, but him they did not see.

25 And he said, O foolish men! how slow you are to give belief to what the prophets have said.

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