1Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance.2So she ran to Simon Peter and another disciple, the one Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb! We don’t know where they have put him!’3So Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb.4Both of them were running. The other disciple ran faster than Peter. He reached the tomb first.5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there. But he did not go in.6Then Simon Peter came along behind him. He went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there.7He also saw the funeral cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place. It was separate from the linen.8The disciple who had reached the tomb first also went inside. He saw and believed.9They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.10Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
11But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she cried, she bent over to look into the tomb.12She saw two angels dressed in white. They were seated where Jesus’ body had been. One of them was where Jesus’ head had been laid. The other sat where his feet had been placed.13They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said. ‘I don’t know where they have put him.’14Then she turned round and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t realise that it was Jesus.15He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?’ She thought he was the gardener. So she said, ‘Sir, did you carry him away? Tell me where you put him. Then I will go and get him.’16Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’. She turned towards him. Then she cried out in the Aramaic language, ‘Rabboni!’ Rabboni means Teacher.17Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me. I have not yet ascended to the Father. Instead, go to those who believe in me. Tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news. She said, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus appears to his disciples
19On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, ‘May peace be with you!’20Then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were very happy when they saw the Lord.21Again Jesus said, ‘May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you.’22He then breathed on them. He said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.23If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’
Jesus appears to Thomas
24Thomas was one of the 12 disciples. He was also called Didymus. He was not with the other disciples when Jesus came.25So they told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘First I must see the nail marks in his hands. I must put my finger where the nails were. I must put my hand into his side. Only then will I believe.’26A week later, Jesus’ disciples were in the house again. Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, ‘May peace be with you!’27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here. See my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’28Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’29Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believed.’
The purpose of John’s Gospel
30Jesus performed many other signs in front of his disciples. They are not written down in this book.31But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. If you believe this, you will have life because you belong to him.
English Standard Version
1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (Mt 27:60; Mt 27:66; Mt 28:1; Mt 28:2; Mr 15:46; Mr 16:1; Mr 16:3; Lu 24:1; Lu 24:2)2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” (Joh 13:23; Joh 20:13)3So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. (Lu 24:12)4Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. (Joh 19:40)6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,7and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. (Joh 11:44)8Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; (Joh 20:4)9for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. (Ps 16:10; Mt 22:29; Lu 24:46; Ac 2:25; Ac 13:34; Ac 17:3; 1Co 15:4)10Then the disciples went back to their homes.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.12And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. (Mr 16:5; Lu 24:4)13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” (Joh 2:4; Joh 20:2; Joh 20:15)14Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. (Mt 28:9; Mr 16:9; Lu 24:16; Lu 24:31; Joh 21:4)15Jesus 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.” (Joh 1:38; Joh 18:4; Joh 18:7; Joh 19:41; Joh 20:13)16Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). (Joh 1:38)17Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (Mt 27:46; Mt 28:10; Mr 16:19; Joh 14:12; 1Co 3:23; Eph 1:17; Re 3:2; Re 3:12)18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. (Mt 28:10; Mr 16:10; Lu 24:10; Lu 24:22)
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (Lu 24:33; Lu 24:36; Joh 7:13; Joh 14:27; Joh 20:26; 1Co 15:5)20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (Lu 24:40; Joh 16:22)21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (Joh 3:17; Joh 13:20; Joh 17:18; Ac 1:2)22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (Ge 2:7; Joh 7:39; Ac 2:4)23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (Mt 16:19; Mt 18:18; 1Co 5:4)
Jesus and Thomas
24Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. (Joh 11:16)25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (Ps 22:16; Joh 20:20)26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (Joh 20:19)27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (Lu 24:39; Joh 20:20; 1Jo 1:1)28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” (Joh 1:1; Joh 1:49)29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (2Co 5:7; 1Pe 1:8)