New Heart English Bible
1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3They entered in, and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, look, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. 5Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, 7saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?" 8They remembered his words, 9returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. 10Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.
13And look, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. 15It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, "What are these words that you are exchanging with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things which have happened there in these days?" 19He said to them, "What things?" They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; 23and when they did not find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they did not see him." 25Then he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken. 26Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?" 27Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further. 29They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over." He went in to stay with them. 30It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them. 31Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight. 32They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?" 33They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, 34saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon." 35They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
36As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you." 37But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." 40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While they still did not believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish. 43And he took it and ate in front of them.
44And he said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled." 45Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. 46He said to them, "Thus it is written, for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47and that repentance leading to forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And look, I send forth the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."
50He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51It happened, while he blessed them, that he departed from them, and was carried up into heaven. 52They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.