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Matthew 28 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

He Is Risen

1. Now as the Sabbath day ended and the first day of the week [i.e., Sunday] approached [Note: See Mark 16:1-2 for the exact timing], Mary from Magdala and the other Mary [i.e., Jesus’ mother. See Matt. 27:56] went to look at the grave site.

2. Now there had been a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord had descended from heaven and, [having] come to roll away the stone, was [now] sitting on it.

3. He appeared as [brilliant] lightning and his clothing was white as snow.

4. And the guards shook with fear at seeing him, and became as dead men.

5. The angel said to the women; “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who has been crucified.

6. He is not here, for He has risen just as He said [He would]. Come and see the place where the Lord had been lying,

7. then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and is [now] going on ahead of you into Galilee. You will see Him there.’ Now [that is all] I have to tell you.”

8. So, they left the grave site quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to give the message to His disciples.

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

9. Suddenly Jesus met them and gave them greetings. They approached Him and took hold of His feet [and knelt] to worship Him.

10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers [i.e., the disciples, that you have seen me], so they can head for Galilee where they will see me.”

The Soldiers Are Bribed

11. Now while these women were on their way, some of the guards entered the city and began telling the leading priests everything that had happened.

12. And when they had assembled with the [Jewish] elders and conferred with them, they offered large sums of money to the soldiers,

13. saying, “We want you to say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.’

14. And if the governor hears about this [plot], we will persuade him [i.e., not to punish you for negligence], so you will not have to worry about that.”

15. So, they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story [i.e., that Jesus’ body had been stolen by His disciples] was told widely among the Jews, and continues to be told to this day.

The Great Commission

16. But the eleven disciples [i.e., apostles] went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had ordered them to go.

17. And when they met Him [there], they [knelt down] to worship Him; but some [still] had doubts [i.e., about His resurrection. See John 20:25].

18. Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

19. So, as you go, make disciples out of people from all the nations, then immerse believers [See Mark 16:15-16] into the name of [i.e., to enter a relationship with] the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

20. [Then] go on teaching them [i.e., these new converts] to obey everything I have commanded you and my presence will be with you always, even to the end of the age.”






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