20 Now very early on the first day of the week, 1 while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene 2 came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 3 2 So she went running 4 to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. 5 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 6 and reached the tomb first. 7 5 He bent down 8 and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, 9 but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, who had been following him, arrived and went right into the tomb. He saw 10 the strips of linen cloth lying there, 7 and the face cloth, 11 which had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the strips of linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself. 12 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, came in, and he saw and believed. 13 9 (For they did not yet understand 14 the scripture that Jesus 15 must rise from the dead.) 16
Jesus’ Appearance to Mary Magdalene
10 So the disciples went back to their homes. 11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said 17 to her, “Woman, 18 why are you weeping?” Mary replied, 19 “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, 20 but she did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Because she 21 thought he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She 22 turned and said to him in Aramaic, 23 “Rabboni” 24 (which means Teacher). 25 17 Jesus replied, 26 “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene came and informed the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them 27 what 28 Jesus 29 had said to her. 30
Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together 31 and locked the doors 32 of the place 33 because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 34 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 35 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” 22 And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, 36 “Receive the Holy Spirit. 37 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; 38 if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 39
The Response of Thomas
24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), 40 one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 41 “Unless I see the wounds 42 from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” 43
26 Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, 44 and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 45 Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put 46 your finger here, and examine 47 my hands. Extend 48 your hand and put it 49 into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” 50 28 Thomas replied to him, 51 “My Lord and my God!” 52 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people 53 who have not seen and yet have believed.” 54
30 Now Jesus performed 55 many other miraculous signs in the presence of the 56 disciples, which are not recorded 57 in this book. 58 31 But these 59 are recorded 60 so that you may believe 61 that Jesus is the Christ, 62 the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 63
Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples in Galilee
21 After this 1 Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Now this is how he did so. 3 2 Simon Peter, Thomas 4 (called Didymus), 5 Nathanael 6 (who was from Cana 7 in Galilee), the sons 8 of Zebedee, 9 and two other disciples 10 of his were together. 3 Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. 11 They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, 12 do you?” 13 They replied, 14 “No.” 6 He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” 15 So they threw the net, 16 and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish.
7 Then the disciple whom 17 Jesus loved 18 said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), 19 and plunged 20 into the sea. 8 Meanwhile the other disciples came with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards. 21
9 When they got out on the beach, 22 they saw a charcoal fire ready 23 with a fish placed on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said, 24 “Bring some of the fish you have just now caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and pulled the net to shore. It was 25 full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three, 26 but although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 “Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said. 27 But none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
15 Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 28 do you love me more than these do?” 29 He replied, 30 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” 31 Jesus 32 told him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Jesus 33 said 34 a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He replied, 35 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus 36 told him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 17 Jesus 37 said 38 a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed 39 that Jesus 40 asked 41 him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said, 42 “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus 43 replied, 44 “Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the solemn truth, 45 when you were young, you tied your clothes around you 46 and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie you up 47 and bring you where you do not want to go.” 19 (Now Jesus 48 said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter 49 was going to glorify God.) 50 After he said this, Jesus told Peter, 51 “Follow me.”
Peter and the Disciple Jesus Loved
20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them. 52 (This was the disciple 53 who had leaned back against Jesus’ 54 chest at the meal and asked, 55 “Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”) 56 21 So when Peter saw him, 57 he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus replied, 58 “If I want him to live 59 until I come back, 60 what concern is that of yours? You follow me!” 23 So the saying circulated 61 among the brothers and sisters 62 that this disciple was not going to die. But Jesus did not say to him that he was not going to die, but rather, “If I want him to live 63 until I come back, 64 what concern is that of yours?”
A Final Note
24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, 65 I suppose the whole world 66 would not have room for the books that would be written. 67
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.