The Gospel According to John: Chapter 20 The Gospel According to John

Chapter 20


The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
1 On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she came running 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."

3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out on their way to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and arrived first at the tomb. 5 Stopping to look in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, coming up behind him, went into the tomb and he too saw the linen cloths lying there. 7 The handkerchief, which had been on His head, was not lying with the linen cloths, but was rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had been the first to reach the tomb, also went in and saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand what the Scriptures had stated that He must first rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back again to their companions.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping and, as she wept, she stooped down to take a look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, the one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" "Because they have taken my Lord away," she answered, "and I do not know where they have laid Him"

14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was He. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have taken Him away from here, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 "Mary!" said Jesus to her. Turning, she said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" - which means, "Teacher!"

17 "Do not touch Me!" said Jesus to her, "for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brethren and say to them that I will ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God!"

18 Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples; Thomas Absent
19 In the evening of that day, the first day of the week, when for fear of the Jews the doors had been shut where the disciples were gathered, Jesus came and stood among them. And He said to them, "Peace be with you!" 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples, therefore, were glad to see the Lord. 21 Again, Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, so I also send you."

22 Then, when He had said this, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven him, but if you do not forgive someone, his sins are retained."

24 But Thomas, called Didymus (twin), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus had come. 25 So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "I will not believe that unless I shall see the marks of the nails on His hands and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side."

Jesus Appears to the Disciples; Thomas Present
26 Eight days later the disciples were again indoors, and Thomas was with them. And though the doors had been shut, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you!" 27 And He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here and examine My hands, and reach your hand and put it into My side. Do not be a doubter, but a believer." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "You believe because you have seen Me. But blessed are those who believe though they have not seen!"

30 Jesus did many other miracles before His disciples which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and, believing, you may have life in His name.


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