1 At the close of the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 But a great earthquake took place; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went and rolled away the boulder and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow. 4 For fear of him the sentries shook and became like dead men;
5 but the angel addressed the women, saying, "Have no fear; I know you are looking for the crucified Jesus. 6 He is not here, he has risen, as he told you he would. See, here is the place where he [the Lord] lay. 7 Now be quick and go to his disciples, tell them he has risen from the dead and that 'he precedes you to Galilee; you shall see him there.' That is my message for you."
8 Then they ran quickly from the tomb in fear and great joy, to announce the news to his disciples. 9 And Jesus himself met them, saying, "Hail!" So they went up to him and caught hold of his feet and worshipped him; 10 then Jesus said to them, "Have no fear! Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee; they shall see me there."
11 While they were on their way, some of the sentries went into the city and reported all that had taken place to the high priests, 12 who, after meeting and conferring with the elders, gave a considerable sum of money to the soldiers 13 and told them to say that "his disciples came at night and stole him when we were asleep." 14 "If this comes to the ears of the governor," they added, "we will satisfy him and see that you have no trouble about the matter." 15 So the soldiers took the money and followed their instructions; and this story has been disseminated among the Jews down to the present day.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the hill where Jesus had arranged to meet them. 17 When they saw him they worshipped him, though some were in doubt. 18 Then Jesus came forward to them and said, "Full authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth; 19 go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to obey all the commands I have laid on you. And I will be with you all the time, to the very end of the world."