1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to get a look at the tomb. 2 Now there had been a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went and rolled the boulder back and remained sitting upon it. 3 His appearance was as bright as lightning and his clothes as white as snow. 4 The men on guard trembled in awe of him, and became like dead men.
5 And the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; He has risen, as He said He would do. Come, get a look at the place where He was lying. 7 Then run and tell His disciples, 'He has risen from the dead, and is going back to Galilee ahead of you; you will see Him there.' This is my message to you."
8 So off they hurried from the tomb, frightened and yet in ecstasy, and ran to break the news to His disciples. 9 Then Jesus met them Himself, and said, "Good morning!" And they went up to Him and clasped His feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go, tell my brothers to go back to Galilee, and there they will see me."
11 While they were on their way, some members of the guard went into the city and told the high priests everything that had taken place. 12 So they met and held a consultation with the elders, and bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money, 13 and said to them, "Tell the people that His disciples came by night, while we were sleeping, and stole Him away. 14 And if news of it gets to the governor's ears, we will make it all right with him, and keep you out of trouble." 15 So they took the money and did as they were told. And this story has been told among the Jews down to the present time.
16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them, 17 and as soon as they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him, though some were in doubt about it. 18 Then Jesus came up to them, and said, "Full authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptize them into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to practice all the commands that I have given you. And I myself will surely be with you all the days, down to the very close of an age."