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THE BRIGHTEST DAY OF ALL THE WORLD
Matthew xxviii: 1 to 10; Mark xvi: 1 to 13; Luke xxiv: 1 to 49; John xx: 1 to 23.
N Sunday morning, two days after the death and burial of
Jesus, some women went very early, as soon as it was
light, to the tomb in the garden. One of these women
was Mary Magdalene, another was also named Mary, and
another was named Salome. They were bringing some more
fragrant gums and spices to place in the wrappings upon
the body of Jesus. And as they went they said to each
other, "Who will roll away for us the great stone at
the door of the cave?"
But when they came to the cave, they saw that the seal
was broken, the stone was rolled away, and the soldiers
who had been on guard were gone. There stood the tomb
of Jesus all open! They did not know that before they
came to the tomb there had been an earthquake; and that
an angel had come down from heaven and rolled away the
stone, and sat upon it. When the soldiers on guard saw
the angel, with his flashing face, and his dazzling
garments, they fell to the ground as though they were
dead, and as soon as they could rise up, they fled away
from the spot in terror; so when the women came there
was no man in sight.
THE GUARDS OF THE TOMB FALL TO THE EARTH
As soon as Mary Magdalene saw that the tomb was open,
without stopping to look into it, she ran quickly to
tell the disciples. A moment after she had gone, the
other women looked into the tomb and they saw that the
body of Jesus was not there. But they saw sitting at
each end of the tomb a young man, clothed in a long
white garment. Their faces shone like angels, and when
the women saw they were filled with fear. One of the
angels said to them:
 "Do not be afraid; you are looking for Jesus of
Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here; he is
risen, as he said that he would rise from the dead.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay; and then go and
tell his disciples, and tell Peter too, that Jesus will
go before you into Galilee, and you shall see him
THE WOMEN SEE THE ANGEL AT THE TOMB OF JESUS
Then the women went away in mingled joy and fear. They
ran in haste to bring this word of the angel to the
But while these women were looking into the tomb, and
were listening to the angel, Mary Magdalene was seeking
the disciples, to tell them that the tomb was open and
the body of Jesus was not there; for she did not know
that he had risen. She found Peter and John and said
to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the
tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him!"
Then Peter and John at once went as quickly as they
could go, to the tomb. John outran Peter, and came first
to the tomb, perhaps because he was the youngest. But
when he saw the open door, and the broken seal, and the
stone lying at one side, he stood
 still for a moment. John stooped and looked into
the cave, and he
could see the linen cloths that had been wrapped around
the body of Jesus lying together. But when Peter came
up he did not wait, but pressed at once into the tomb;
and then John followed him, and he too walked into the
cave. Now he could see not only the long strips of
linen rolled up; but in another place, carefully
folded, the napkin that had been tied over the face of
Then suddenly it flashed upon the mind of John, "Jesus
has risen from the dead!" For he had not seen the
angel, nor heard his words. From that moment John
believed that Jesus was once more living. Both Peter
and John went away, to think of the strange things they
had seen. And very soon Mary Magdalene came back to
the tomb. No one was there, for both the women and the
disciples had gone away. Mary Magdalene did not know
that Jesus had risen, for she had not heard the angelís
She wept as she thought of her Lord, slain by wicked
men, and not even allowed to rest in his grave. And
still weeping, she stooped and looked into the tomb.
There she saw two men in white garments sitting, one at
the head, the other at the feet where the body of Jesus
had lain. They were the two angels whom the other
women had seen, but Mary Magdalene did not know this.
One of them said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?"
She answered, "Because they have taken away my Lord and
I do not know where they have laid him."
Something caused her to turn around; and she saw a man
standing behind her. It was Jesus; but her eyes were
held for a moment from knowing him. He said to her,
"Woman, why do you weep?"
MARY MAGDALENE MEETING THE RISEN JESUS
She supposed that he was the gardener, and said, hardly
looking at him, "Sir, if you have carried him out of
this place, tell me where you have laid him, and I will
take him away."
Then the stranger spoke her name, "Mary!" and she knew
that he was Jesus, no longer dead, but living. She
turned around, and fell down before him, and was about
to seize his feet, as she said, "My Master!"
But Jesus said to her, "Do not take hold of me; I am
not yet going away to my Father. But go to my
brothers, and say to them, I go up to my Father and to
your Father, to my God, and to your God!"
 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples how she had
seen the Lord, and how he had spoken these things to
her. So this was the first time that any one saw Jesus
after he rose from the dead.
You remember that the other women, another Mary, and
Salome, and the rest, had not seen the risen Christ,
but they had seen an angel, who told them that he had
risen, and would meet his disciples in Galilee. They
went into the city, and were looking for disciples when
suddenly Jesus himself stood before them, and said "All
Hail!" That means, "A welcome to all of you!" They
fell down before him, and worshipped him. And Jesus
said to them, as he had said to Mary Magdalene, only a
few moments before, "Do not be afraid; but find my
brothers, and tell them to go into Galilee and they
shall see me there."
And this was the second time that Jesus showed himself
living on the day when he arose.
On that same day two of the followers of Jesus were
walking out of Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus,
about seven miles away. While they were talking over
the strange happenings of the day, they saw that a
stranger was walking beside them. It was Jesus, their
risen Lord, but they were held back from knowing him.
The stranger said to them, "What words are these that
you are speaking with each other, which seem to make
you so sad?"
One of the two men, named Cleopas, answered, "Are you
even a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not heard of
what things have taken place there in the last few
The stranger said, "What things?"
And they said, "The things with regard to Jesus of
Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in his acts and his
words before God and all the people; how the chief
priests and our rulers caused him to be sentenced to
death, and how he died on the cross. But we hoped that
he was the promised One, who was to save Israel. And
now it is the third day since he was put to death. And
today some women of our company who were early at the
tomb surprised us with the news that the tomb was
empty, his body was not there; and they had seen a
vision of angels, who said that Jesus was alive. Then
some of us went to the tomb and found it just as the
women had said; but they did not see him."
Then the stranger said to them, "O foolish men, and
slow of heart to believe what the prophets have said! Was
it not needful
 for the Christ to suffer these things, and then to
enter in his glory?"
Then he began with the books of Moses, and went through
the prophets, and showed them in all the Scriptures the
meaning of all that was told about Christ. And as they
went on they came to the village to which they were
going, and he acted as though he would go on beyond it.
Then they urged and persuaded him to stay with them.
They said, "Abide with us, for it is now almost
evening, and the day is at its close."
And he went in with them and sat down with them to a
supper. As they were about to eat he took the loaf of
bread into his hands, and blessed it, and broke it, and
gave it to them. And at that moment their eyes were
opened and they knew that he was the Lord; and he
passed out of their sight. They said to each other, "Was
not our heart burning within us while he talked to us
on the road, and while he opened to us the words of the
This was the third time that Jesus showed himself on
that day. These two men hastened to Jerusalem that
night to tell what they had seen. And they found ten
of the disciples met together and saying, "The Lord has
risen indeed, and has been seen by Simon Peter."
We do not know what Jesus said to Peter; but this was
the fourth time that he was seen living on that day
when he arose.
The ten disciples and other followers of Jesus were
together in a room on that night, and the doors were
shut. Suddenly Jesus himself was seen standing among
them. He said, "Peace be unto you!"
Some of them were alarmed when they saw him and thought
that he must be a spirit. But he said to them, "Why are
you troubled? And why do fears come to you? Look at
the wounds in my hands and my feet! Handle me, and
see. A spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you
see that I have."
And he showed them his hands and his side. They could
scarcely believe for the joy of seeing him again. He
said, "Have you here anything to eat?"
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a
honeycomb, and he ate before them. And he said, "This
is what I told you while I was with you, that
everything written of me in the law of Moses, and in
the prophets, and in the psalms, must come to pass. It
was needful that Christ should suffer thus, and should
rise from the dead, and that everywhere the gospel
should be preached in his name. I will
 send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in
Jerusalem after I leave you, until power shall come
upon you from on high."
Then when the disciples saw that it was really the
Lord, and that he was alive from the dead, they were
glad. And Jesus said to them again, "Peace be to you,
as my Father has sent me, even so I send you. May the
Spirit of God come upon you!"
And this was the fifth time that Jesus showed himself
alive on that day. This Sunday was the brightest day
in all the world, because on it Jesus rose from the
dead. And that Sunday in every year is called Easter
THE RISEN CHRIST BLESSING HIS DISCIPLES