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Matthew 27:57–28:20

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Matthew 27

57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
59And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
62The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
63and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’
64Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’and the last fraud will be worse than the first.”
65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
66So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Matthew 28

1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.
4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
7Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
11While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
12And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers
13and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’
14And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
15So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”