But the angel told the women, "Don't be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Have courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
And as they were saying these things, He Himself stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"
But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.
"Why are you troubled?" He asked them. "And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
But He said to them, "It is I. Don't be afraid!"
Then go quickly and tell His disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.' Listen, I have told you."
So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped the LORD, but He became weary of Israel's misery.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love.
He will not always accuse [us] or be angry forever.
He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.'"
But He replied to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"
And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that person is My brother and sister and mother."
"And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
"Then He will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.'
He replied to them, "Who are My mother and My brothers?"
And looking about at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
Whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother."
"Don't cling to Me," Jesus told her, "for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father-- to My God and your God."
For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.
For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
saying: I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.
Again, I will trust in Him. And again, Here I am with the children God gave Me.
Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, He also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death-- that is, the Devil--
and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.
For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham's offspring.
Therefore He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.