The Never-Ending

On the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene came to the tomb. It was early and still dark. She saw the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. She said to them, “The Lord has been taken away from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” 3 So Peter and the other disciple went off to the tomb. 4 They both ran together. The other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. 5 He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Simon Peter arrived after him and went into the tomb. And he saw the linen clothes lying there. 7 The cloth which had been on his head was not with the other cloths but was lying in a place on its own. 8 Then the other disciple who had got to the tomb first also went in. He saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet know the scripture that he must rise from the dead.  10 Then the disciples went back home.

11 Mary meantime stood outside the tomb weeping.   As she wept, she bent down to look into the tomb.  12 She saw two angels in white sitting, one near the head and one near the feet of where the body of Jesus had lain. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” “My Lord has been taken away, and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener, and said to him, “Sir, if you have moved him from here, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned around, and said to him in Hebrew, “My Rabbi,” (that is, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me because I have not yet gone up to my Father. Go to my sisters and brothers and say to them, ‘I am going up to my Father, and your Father, to my God and your God’.” 18 Mary the Magdalene went and told the disciples, “I have seen the Lord, and he told me these things.”

John 20:1-18          Translation: Ted Witham

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