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The ACTS of the RESURRECTION and ASCENSION of our LORD.
Matt. xxvii. 1-8. Mark xvi. 1-8. Luke xxiv. 1-9. John xx. 1-10.
WHEN the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought (some more) sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early, the first day of the week, when it was yet dark, as it began to dawn, they came to the sepulchre, and certain others with them, to see it, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men, (and fled). And the women said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? for it was very great. And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away.
Then Mary Magdalene runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. And the other women entered into the sepulchre, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And as they were much perplexed thereabout, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long
white garment. And he with another man in shining garments stood by them. And they were affrighted, and bowed down their faces to the earth. And he saith unto them, Be not affright ed, for I know that ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here; for he is risen, as he said: Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples and Peter (in particular) that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee, there shall ye see him. Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy: neither said they any thing (on the way) to any man; for they were afraid; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Peter and the other disciple went forth (upon what Mary Magdalene had related unto them) and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying: yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie; and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the sepulchre, and saw, and believed (that the body of the Lord was not there). For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went
away again unto their own home, wondering at that which was come to pass.
Mark xvi. 9. John xx. 11-17.
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he cast seven devils. For (when she came again unto the sepulchre) she stood without, weeping and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre; and seeth two ailgels in white, sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain : And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou? whom seek"est thou?" She supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, "Mary!" She turned herself and saith unto him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, "Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say "unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your "Father, and to my God and your God."
Matt. xxviii. 8-10.
And as the other women went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "All hail," And they came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, "Be not afraid go tell my brethren that they go "into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Matt. xxviii. 11-15.
Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Mark xvi. 10, 11. Luke xxiv. 9-11. John xx. 18.
And Mary Magdalene came to the disciples, as they mourned and wept, and told them, that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. And Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, told the eleven, and all the rest: but their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
And the same day he was seen of Cephas (Simon Peter.) 1 Cor. xv. 5.
Mark xvi. 12. Luke xxiv. 13-35.
After that he appeared in another form unto two of them. These two went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they communed together, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. And he said un
to them, "What manner of communications are "these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, " and are sad?”
And one of them, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, "What things?" And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God, and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel. And beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us, went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said; but him they
Then he said unto them, "O fools, and slow "of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered "these things, and to enter into his glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone farther. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us, for it is towards evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to