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Now those who were passing kept jeering at him, wagging their heads and saying :

“ You destroyer of the temple and builder of it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."

In the same way the chief priests mocking him with the scribes and elders, said :

“ He saved others, he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel. Let him now come down from the cross and we shall believe on him. He trusts in God, let him rescue him now if he desires him. For he said :

“I am God's Son." Even the robbers who were crucified with him kept throwing the same up to him.

Now from twelve to three o'clock darkness came over all the land. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, and said:

“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani ? " that is, My God! My God! Why hast Thou forsaken me ?

Now when some of those standing there heard it they said :

“He is calling Elijah.”

And one of them at once ran, took a sponge, filled it with common wine, put it on a reed, and gave him a drink.

But the rest said:


“ Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah is coming to save him.”

Jesus again cried with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent, and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of their tombs after his resurrection they came into the holy city and appeared to many.

Now when the Roman Captain and those with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things which had happened they were very much afraid, and said :

Surely this was God's Son." Now there were many women there looking on from a distance, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee and had waited on him. And among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.


Now when evening had come, a rich man from Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple, came, and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Then Pilate ordered it to be given up. And


Joseph, taking the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb which he had cut out in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and

went away.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the grave.

Now the next day, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, and said:

“We remember, Sir, that that deceiver said while he was alive, After three days I rise again. So order the grave to be made secure till the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him away and say to the people, He is risen from the dead, and the last deception will be worse than the first."

“ You have a guard,” Pilate said to them, “go make it as secure as you can.

So they went and made the grave secure by placing the guard and sealing the stone.

Now late in the week, as it began to dawn toward the first of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And there was a great earthquake, For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and came and rolled the stone away and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothes


white like snow. And from fear of him the watchers trembled and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the

women :

“Do not be afraid. For I know you are looking for Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he rose just as he said. Come see the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, He rose from the dead and he is going before you into Galilee. See, I have told you.”

They went quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. And Jesus met them, and said :

“ Hail !"

And they came and grasped his feet and worshipped him.

Then Jesus said to them:

“Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go into Galilee and they will see me there."

Now while they were going some of the watch came into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened.

And when they had assembled with the elders and had consulted together they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said :

"Say that his disciples came by night and


stole him while we were asleep. And if this comes to a hearing before the Governor we shall satisfy him and prevent you from getting into trouble.

So they took the money and did as they were told. And this story has been current among the Jews from that day to this.

Now the eleven disciples went into Galilee into the mountain where Jesus directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came to them and talked to them, and said : “All authority in heaven and earth

Has been given me.
So go make disciples

Of all the nations,
Baptizing them, in the name of the Father,

And of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
Teaching them to observe

Everything I commanded you. And see! I am with you always,

To the end of the world.”

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