Gospel of Matthew Chapter Twenty-Eight

28:1 After the Sabbath, during the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
28:2 Immediately there was a great earthquake as an angel of the LORD descended from the spiritual realm, who appeared and rolled back the stone from the opening, and sat upon it.
28:3 His appearance radiated with light and his clothing was white as snow.
28:4 And the guards shook in fear and looked as if they were dead bodies.
28:5 And the angel said to the women, “Do not fear, because I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified.”
28:6 He is not here – because he has risen from the dead body, as he said. Come and see the place where the Master’s body was laid.
28:7 And go quickly and tell his disciples that he rose from the dead body and he will wait for you in Galilee – where you will see him. Now I have told you.”
28:8 Thus they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and joy they ran to report to his disciples.
28:9 Then as they were going to tell his disciples, suddenly Jesus met them and greeted them.1 And they approached and worshiped him at his feet.
28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid – go tell my brothers to go to Galilee and they will see me there.”
28:11 Now when they were on their way, some of the guards returned to the city and explained to the chief priests everything that had happened.
28:12 And when they had gathered and consulted with the elders, they gave considerable silver to the guards.
28:13 They told them, “You shall say that his disciples came in the night and took his body away while we slept.
28:14 And if this gets to the governor’s ears, we will convince him and keep you safe.”
28:15 So they took the silver and did as they were told. And this story is what is commonly told among the Jews to this day.
28:16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee – to the mountain Jesus had instructed them to go.
28:17 And when they saw him, they worshiped him – but some doubted.1
28:18 When Jesus appeared he spoke to them, saying, “All the authority given to me in the spiritual realm is given in the physical world.
28:19 Therefore, go and make followers of all peoples – baptizing them in the Name of the Creator, and of the Representative and of the Holy Spirit.
28.20 Teach them to follow the things I have instructed you – and know that I am with you always – until the end of your lifetime. Amen.”

1. Matt. 28:9 and 28:17: The accounts in Mark, Luke and John all present that Jesus' disciples did not immediately recognize Jesus in either of these appearances. These indicate that Jesus did not appear in his physical body. Indeed, the Gospel of Mark states that he appeared in a different form:
After that, he appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking in the country. (Mark 16:12)

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