On the 1st Good Friday, this was what had happened:

(extracted from Matthew Chapter 27, New Jerusalem Bible)


33 When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull,


34 they gave him (Jesus) wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink.


35 When they had finished crucifying him (Jesus) they shared out his clothing by casting lots,


36 and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him.


37 Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: 'This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.'



46 And about the ninth hour (3 pm on Friday), Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'




50 But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.


51 And suddenly, the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, the rocks were split,


52 the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy people rose from the dead,


53 and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the holy city and appeared to a number of people.


54 The centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, 'In truth this man was son of God.'


55 And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him.


56 Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.



59 So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud


60 and put it in his own new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away.


On the early Sunday morning (Easter), the 3rd day of the crucifixion, this was what had happened:

(extracted from Matthew Chapter 28, New Jerusalem Bible)


1 After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.


2 And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.


3 His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.


4 The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.


5 But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.


6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay,


7 then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.'


8 Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.


9 And suddenly, coming to meet them, was Jesus. 'Greetings,' he said. And the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, they did him homage.


10 Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me.'


11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened.


12 These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money to the soldiers


13 with these instructions, 'This is what you must say, "His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep."


14 And should the governor come to hear of this, we undertake to put things right with him ourselves and to see that you do not get into trouble.'


15 So they took the money and carried out their instructions, and to this day that is the story among the Jews.


16 Meanwhile the eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.


17 When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated.


18 Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.


19 Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the

Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,


20 and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'




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