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  • Writer's pictureStefan Ivanov

The Risen Son of God

When the Sabbath was over, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like glitter and his clothing white as snow.

And in their fear of him the guards trembled and became as dead.

And the angel spoke, saying to the women:


Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for the crucified Jesus.

He is not here because He has risen, as He said.

Come and see the place where the Lord lay.

Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead.

And behold, He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see Him.

There, I told you.


The Holy Gospel from Matthew 28:1-7


Some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.

And they, having assembled with the elders and taken counsel together, gave the soldiers as much money as they could, and said:


Say that His disciples came in the night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.

And if word of this reaches the governor, we will convince him, and we will make you not care.


So they took the money and did as they were taught. And what they said spread among the Jews, and continues even to this day.

The Holy Gospel from Matthew 28:11-15

And rising early on the first day of the week, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

The Holy Gospel of Mark 16:9


Mary stood by the tomb outside and wept, and as she wept she looked into the tomb and saw two angels in white robes sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

And they say to her:


Woman, why are you crying?


He tells them:


Because they raised my Lord and I don't know where they laid Him.


Having said this, she turned back and saw Jesus standing, but she did not recognize that it was Jesus.

Jesus says to her:


Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?


Thinking he was the gardener, she said to Him:


Sir, if you have carried it out, tell me where you have laid it and I will pick it up.


Jesus says to her:


Mario!


She turned and said to Him in Hebrew:


Ravuni!, which means Master!


Jesus says to her:


Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go to My brothers and say to them:

I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.


Mary Magdalene comes and informs the disciples that she saw the Lord and that He told her this.

The Holy Gospel of John 20:11-18


But when they heard that he was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking, going to a village.

The Holy Gospel of Mark 16:11-12


And behold, on the same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, sixty stadia from Jerusalem. And they talked among themselves about all that had happened. And while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself came near and walked with them, but their eyes were restrained so that they did not recognize Him.

And he said to them:


What are these words that you exchange with each other when you travel?


And they stopped saddened. And one of them, named Cleopas, answered him and said:


Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem and do not know what happened there these days?


And he said to them:


Which one?


And they said to him:


What happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and before all people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be condemned to death and crucified Him.

And we hoped that He was the One who would deliver Israel.

And on top of all that, it's already the third day since this happened.

At this, some women among us astonished us, who, having gone to the grave and not finding His body, came and said that they also saw a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.

And some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found as the women had said, but they did not see Him.


And He said to them:


O foolish and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Shouldn't Christ have suffered thus and entered into His glory?


And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what was written about him in all the scriptures.

And they approached the village to which they were going. He acted like he was going further. But they offered Him, saying,


Stay with us, for it is evening and the day is already over.


And He went in to stay with them. And when he sat down with them at the table, he took the bread and blessed it, broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He became invisible to them.

And they said among themselves:


Did not the heart burn within us when he spoke to us on the road and when he interpreted the scriptures to us?


And at the same hour they arose and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said to them:


The Lord really rose and appeared to Simona.


And they told what had happened on the way, and how they recognized Him when He broke the bread.

And while they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them and said to them:


Peace be upon you!


And they were startled and afraid, thinking they saw a spirit.

And He said to them:


Why are you embarrassed?

And why do such thoughts arise in your hearts?

Look at My hands and My feet that I am the same.

Feel Me and see, for a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see I have.


And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.

But because they still did not believe and wondered for joy, He said:


Do you have anything to eat here?


And they gave Him a portion of broiled fish and honey juice.

And he took and ate before them. And he said to them:


These are the words that I spoke to you when I was still with you, that everything that was written about Me in the Law of Moses, in the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.


Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them:


Thus it is written that Christ must suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.


The Holy Gospel of Luke 24:13-47


All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

Go therefore, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.

Amen.

The Holy Gospel from Matthew 28:18-20

Apostle Peter testifies about the resurrected Christ:


Israelites, listen to these words:

Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested among you by God through mighty works, wonders, and signs, which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know, Him, delivered up according to the determined will and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hand of lawless men, Whom God resurrected, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it...

This Jesus God resurrected, of which we are all witnesses.


Acts 2:22-24,32

Christ was delivered for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.

The Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans 4:25


Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more.

Death has no more power over Him. For, the death by which He died, He died to sin once for all, and the life that He lives, He lives it for God.

The Apostle Paul's Epistle to Romans 6:9-10


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope may be in God.

The First Epistle of the Apostle Peter 1:3, 21

In the Revelation given to the Apostle John, the Lord Jesus Christ declared:


I am the first and the last and the living.

I was dead, and behold I live forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and hell.


Revelation of John 1:17-18


That is why Christ died and lived - to rule over both the dead and the living.

The first epistle of the apostle Paul to the Romans 14:9


He is God's appointed Judge of the living and the dead.

All the prophets testify about Him, that everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins through His name.

Acts 10: 42-43


Jesus said to her:


I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.


The Holy Gospel of John 11:25


Sunrise

This is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.

The Holy Gospel of John 6:40

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