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Luke chapter 22

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The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was drawing near.
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The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death, because they were afraid of the people.
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Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve.
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He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand Him over to them.
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They were glad and agreed to give him silver.
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So he accepted [the offer] and started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him to them when the crowd was not present.
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Then the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
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Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover meal for us, so we can eat it."
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"Where do You want us to prepare it?" they asked Him.
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"Listen," He said to them, "when you've entered the city, a man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters.
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Tell the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks you, "Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
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Then he will show you a large, furnished room upstairs. Make the preparations there."
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So they went and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
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When the hour came, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.
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Then He said to them, "I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
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For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
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Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.
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For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
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And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
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In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, "This cup is the new covenant [established by] My blood; it is shed for you.
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But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!
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For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"
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So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do this thing.
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Then a dispute also arose among them about who should be considered the greatest.
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But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.'
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But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.
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For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn't it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves.
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You are the ones who stood by Me in My trials.
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I bestow on you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one on Me,
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so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom. And you will sit on thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
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"Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.
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But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
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"Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death!"
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"I tell you, Peter," He said, "the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!"
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He also said to them, "When I sent you out without money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Not a thing," they said.
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Then He said to them, "But now, whoever has a money-bag should take it, and also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn't have a sword should sell his robe and buy one.
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For I tell you, what is written must be fulfilled in Me: And He was counted among the outlaws. Yes, what is written about Me is coming to its fulfillment."
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"Lord," they said, "look, here are two swords." "Enough of that!" He told them.
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He went out and made His way as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him.
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When He reached the place, He told them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
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Then He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray,
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"Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me-- nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done."
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[[Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.
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Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.]]
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When He got up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief.
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"Why are you sleeping?" He asked them. "Get up and pray, so that you won't enter into temptation."
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While He was still speaking, suddenly a mob was there, and one of the Twelve named Judas was leading them. He came near Jesus to kiss Him,
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but Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
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When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?"
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Then one of them struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear.
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But Jesus responded, "No more of this!" And touching his ear, He healed him.
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Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple police, and the elders who had come for Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal?
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Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour-- and the dominion of darkness."
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They seized Him, led Him away, and brought Him into the high priest's house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a distance.
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They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, and Peter sat among them.
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When a servant saw him sitting in the firelight, and looked closely at him, she said, "This man was with Him too."
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But he denied it: "Woman, I don't know Him!"
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After a little while, someone else saw him and said, "You're one of them too!" "Man, I am not!" Peter said.
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About an hour later, another kept insisting, "This man was certainly with Him, since he's also a Galilean."
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But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
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Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times."
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And he went outside and wept bitterly.
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The men who were holding Jesus started mocking and beating Him.
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After blindfolding Him, they kept asking, "Prophesy! Who hit You?"
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And they were saying many other blasphemous things against Him.
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When daylight came, the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes, convened and brought Him before their Sanhedrin.
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They said, "If You are the Messiah, tell us." But He said to them, "If I do tell you, you will not believe.
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And if I ask you, you will not answer.
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But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God."
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They all asked, "Are You, then, the Son of God?" And He said to them, "You say that I am."
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"Why do we need any more testimony," they said, "since we've heard it ourselves from His mouth?"

Luke chapter 23

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Then their whole assembly rose up and brought Him before Pilate.
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They began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man subverting our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is the Messiah, a King."
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So Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You have said it."
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Pilate then told the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no grounds for charging this man."
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But they kept insisting, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where He started even to here."
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When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean.
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Finding that He was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.
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Herod was very glad to see Jesus; for a long time he had wanted to see Him, because he had heard about Him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by Him.
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So he kept asking Him questions, but Jesus did not answer him.
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The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing Him.
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Then Herod, with his soldiers, treated Him with contempt, mocked Him, dressed Him in a brilliant robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
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That very day Herod and Pilate became friends. Previously, they had been hostile toward each other.
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Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people,
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and said to them, "You have brought me this man as one who subverts the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge this man with those things you accuse Him of.
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Neither has Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has done nothing to deserve death.
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Therefore I will have Him whipped and [then] release Him."
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[[For according to the festival he had to release someone to them.]]
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Then they all cried out together, "Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us!"
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(He had been thrown into prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder.)
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Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again,
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but they kept shouting, "Crucify! Crucify Him!"
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A third time he said to them, "Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in Him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have Him whipped and [then] release Him."
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But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And their voices won out.
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So Pilate decided to grant their demand
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and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.
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As they led Him away, they seized Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, and laid the cross on him to carry behind Jesus.
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A great multitude of the people followed Him, including women who were mourning and lamenting Him.
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But turning to them, Jesus said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children.
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Look, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!'
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Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'
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For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
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Two others-- criminals-- were also led away to be executed with Him.
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When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.
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[[Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing."]] And they divided His clothes and cast lots.
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The people stood watching, and even the leaders kept scoffing: "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is God's Messiah, the Chosen One!"
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The soldiers also mocked Him. They came offering Him sour wine
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and said, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!"
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An inscription was above Him: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS
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Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at Him: "Aren't You the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!"
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But the other answered, rebuking him: "Don't you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment?
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We are punished justly, because we're getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong."
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Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!"
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And He said to him, "I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise."
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It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three,
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because the sun's light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle.
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And Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit. " Saying this, He breathed His last.
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When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, "This man really was righteous!"
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All the crowds that had gathered for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, went home, striking their chests.
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But all who knew Him, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
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There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin,
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who had not agreed with their plan and action. He was from Arimathea, a Judean town, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God.
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He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
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Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed.
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It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
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The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed.
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Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Luke chapter 24

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On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared.
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They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
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They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
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While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes.
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So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. "Why are you looking for the living among the dead?" asked the men.
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"He is not here, but He has been resurrected! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
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saying, 'The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day'?"
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And they remembered His words.
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Returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the rest.
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Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them were telling the apostles these things.
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But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women.
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Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. When he stooped to look in, he saw only the linen cloths. So he went home, amazed at what had happened.
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Now that same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
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Together they were discussing everything that had taken place.
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And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus Himself came near and began to walk along with them.
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But they were prevented from recognizing Him.
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Then He asked them, "What is this dispute that you're having with each other as you are walking?" And they stopped [walking and looked] discouraged.
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The one named Cleopas answered Him, "Are You the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things that happened there in these days?"
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"What things?" He asked them. So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a Prophet powerful in action and speech before God and all the people,
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and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him.
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But we were hoping that He was the One who was about to redeem Israel. Besides all this, it's the third day since these things happened.
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Moreover, some women from our group astounded us. They arrived early at the tomb,
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and when they didn't find His body, they came and reported that they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.
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Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn't see Him."
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He said to them, "How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken!
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Didn't the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?"
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Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
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They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther.
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But they urged Him: "Stay with us, because it's almost evening, and now the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them.
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It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
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Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight.
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So they said to each other, "Weren't our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?"
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That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together,
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who said, "The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!"
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Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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And as they were saying these things, He Himself stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"
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But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.
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"Why are you troubled?" He asked them. "And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
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Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."
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Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet.
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But while they still could not believe because of [their] joy and were amazed, He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
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So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish,
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and He took it and ate in their presence.
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Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
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Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
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He also said to them, "This is what is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day,
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and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
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You are witnesses of these things.
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And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high."
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Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them.
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And while He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.
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After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
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And they were continually in the temple complex blessing God.