24 Now on the first day 1 of the week, at early dawn, the women 2 went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices 3 they had prepared. 2 They 4 found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 5 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 6 4 While 7 they were perplexed 8 about this, suddenly 9 two men stood beside them in dazzling 10 attire. 5 The 11 women 12 were terribly frightened 13 and bowed 14 their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living 15 among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! 16 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 17 7 that 18 the Son of Man must be delivered 19 into the hands of sinful men, 20 and be crucified, 21 and on the third day rise again.” 22 8 Then 23 the women remembered his words, 24 9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven 25 and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, 26 Joanna, 27 Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense 28 to them, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. 29 He bent down 30 and saw only the strips of linen cloth; 31 then he went home, 32 wondering 33 what had happened. 34
Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus
13 Now 35 that very day two of them 36 were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 37 from Jerusalem. 38 14 They 39 were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 While 40 they were talking and debating 41 these things, 42 Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 16 (but their eyes were kept 43 from recognizing 44 him). 45 17 Then 46 he said to them, “What are these matters 47 you are discussing so intently 48 as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 49 “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know 50 the things that have happened there 51 in these days?” 19 He 52 said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man 53 who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet 54 before God and all the people; 20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over 55 to be condemned to death, and crucified 56 him. 21 But we had hoped 57 that he was the one who was going to redeem 58 Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. 59 They 60 were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, 61 who said he was alive. 24 Then 62 some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 63 25 So 64 he said to them, “You 65 foolish people 66 – how slow of heart 67 to believe 68 all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t 69 it necessary 70 for the Christ 71 to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then 72 beginning with Moses and all the prophets, 73 he interpreted to them the things written about 74 himself in all the scriptures.
28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 75 29 but they urged him, 76 “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So 77 he went in to stay with them.
30 When 78 he had taken his place at the table 79 with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, 80 and gave it to them. 31 At this point 81 their eyes were opened and they recognized 82 him. 83 Then 84 he vanished out of their sight. 32 They 85 said to each other, “Didn’t 86 our hearts 87 burn within us 88 while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining 89 the scriptures to us?” 33 So 90 they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. 91 They 92 found the eleven and those with them gathered together 34 and 93 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” 94 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, 95 and how they recognized him 96 when he broke the bread.
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 97 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 98 37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 99 they saw a ghost. 100 38 Then 101 he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 102 and why do doubts 103 arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 104 Touch me and see; a ghost 105 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 106 41 And while they still could not believe it 107 (because of their joy) and were amazed, 108 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 109 42 So 110 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
44 Then 111 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 112 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 113 must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 114 46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 115 would suffer 116 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance 117 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 118 in his name to all nations, 119 beginning from Jerusalem. 120 48 You are witnesses 121 of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you 122 what my Father promised. 123 But stay in the city 124 until you have been clothed with power 125 from on high.”
50 Then 126 Jesus 127 led them out as far as Bethany, 128 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 Now 129 during the blessing 130 he departed 131 and was taken up into heaven. 132 52 So 133 they worshiped 134 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 135 53 and were continually in the temple courts 136 blessing 137 God. 138
The Prologue to the Gospel
1 In the beginning 1 was the Word, and the Word was with God, 2 and the Word was fully God. 3 2 The Word 4 was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created 5 by him, and apart from him not one thing was created 6 that has been created. 7 4 In him was life, 8 and the life was the light of mankind. 9 5 And the light shines on 10 in the darkness, 11 but 12 the darkness has not mastered it. 13
6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 14 7 He came as a witness 15 to testify 16 about the light, so that everyone 17 might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify 18 about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, 19 was coming into the world. 20 10 He was in the world, and the world was created 21 by him, but 22 the world did not recognize 23 him. 11 He came to what was his own, 24 but 25 his own people 26 did not receive him. 27 12 But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name 28 – he has given the right to become God’s children 13 – children not born 29 by human parents 30 or by human desire 31 or a husband’s 32 decision, 33 but by God.
14 Now 34 the Word became flesh 35 and took up residence 36 among us. We 37 saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, 38 full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 15 John 39 testified 40 about him and shouted out, 41 “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, 42 because he existed before me.’” 16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 43 17 For the law was given through Moses, but 44 grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, 45 himself God, who is in closest fellowship with 46 the Father, has made God 47 known. 48
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 Now 49 this was 50 John’s 51 testimony 52 when the Jewish leaders 53 sent 54 priests and Levites from Jerusalem 55 to ask him, “Who are you?” 56 20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” 57 21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 58 Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 59 “Are you the Prophet?” 60 He answered, “No!” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 61 so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John 62 said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 63 the way for the Lord,’ 64 as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 65 ) 66 25 So they asked John, 67 “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 68 nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them, 69 “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 70 27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 71 to untie the strap 72 of his sandal!” 28 These things happened in Bethany 73 across the Jordan River 74 where John was baptizing.
29 On the next day John 75 saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 76 who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 77 because he existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize 78 him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 79
32 Then 80 John testified, 81 “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 82 from heaven, 83 and it remained on him. 84 33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 85
35 Again the next day John 86 was standing there 87 with two of his disciples. 36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 88 37 When John’s 89 two disciples heard him say this, 90 they followed Jesus. 91 38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 92 So they said to him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), 93 “where are you staying?” 39 Jesus 94 answered, 95 “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 96
40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 97 and followed Jesus. 98 41 He first 99 found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 100 (which is translated Christ). 101 42 Andrew brought Simon 102 to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 103 You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). 104
The Calling of More Disciples
43 On the next day Jesus 105 wanted to set out for Galilee. 106 He 107 found Philip and said 108 to him, “Follow me.” 44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 109 the town of 110 Andrew and Peter.) 45 Philip found Nathanael 111 and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 112 wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael 113 replied, 114 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 115 Philip replied, 116 “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 117 “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 118 48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 119 “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 120 I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 121 of Israel!” 122 50 Jesus said to him, 123 “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 124 51 He continued, 125 “I tell all of you the solemn truth 126 – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 127
Turning Water into Wine
2 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 1 in Galilee. 2 Jesus’ mother 3 was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 4 3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 5 4 Jesus replied, 6 “Woman, 7 why are you saying this to me? 8 My time 9 has not yet come.” 5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 10
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 11 each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 12 7 Jesus told the servants, 13 “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 14 and they did. 9 When 15 the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 16 (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 17 called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone 18 serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 19 wine when the guests 20 are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 21 in Cana 22 of Galilee. In this way he revealed 23 his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 24
Cleansing the Temple
12 After this he went down to Capernaum 25 with his mother and brothers 26 and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 27 was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 28 14 29
He found in the temple courts 30 those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 31 15 So he made a whip of cords 32 and drove them all out of the temple courts, 33 with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 34 and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 35 my Father’s house a marketplace!” 36 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 37 for your house will devour me.” 38
18 So then the Jewish leaders 39 responded, 40 “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” 41 19 Jesus replied, 42 “Destroy 43 this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20 Then the Jewish leaders 44 said to him, “This temple has been under construction 45 for forty-six years, 46 and are you going to raise it up in three days?” 21 But Jesus 47 was speaking about the temple of his body. 48 22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 49 and the saying 50 that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus at the Passover Feast
23 Now while Jesus 51 was in Jerusalem 52 at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 53 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 54 25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 55 for he knew what was in man. 56